KPMG announces the appointment of Paul Martin as UK Head of Retail with effect from 1 October 2016. Paul will succeed David McCorquodale who has led KPMG’s retail practice in the UK since November 2012 and will be retiring at the end of April 2017 after 32 years with the firm.
Paul Martin is Managing Director of KPMG Boxwood and was formerly Managing Director of Planet Retail, the global retail analyst firm. Paul has worked in the retail sector for close to 20 years and is well known to many of the industry’s leading players. Having worked extensively overseas, he brings a true understanding of international retailing and consumer behaviours to the role.
Under David’s leadership, KPMG’s retail practice has grown significantly and has developed strengths in supply chain, data analytics, operational transformation, cyber security, international strategy and customer experience. This experience has been bolstered through the acquisitions of Boxwood and Nunwood, and direct hires from retailers including Tesco, Amazon and Mothercare.
Commenting on the appointment, Liz Claydon, Head of KPMG’s consumer goods and retail business, said: “I would like to thank David for his leadership and commitment throughout his four years in charge of our retail practice. He has significantly raised our profile and capabilities in the sector which has led to industry recognition with David named in Retail Week’s Power 100 list for the last three years. He is a big personality who’ll be missed.
“I look forward to working with Paul, who brings international connections, innovative thinking and significant operational skills to the fore at a time when the retail sector continues to undergo significant structural change.”
Paul Martin, incoming UK head of retail, said: “I am delighted to be taking over the reins from David. Under his leadership KPMG has demonstrated how important the retail sector in the UK is for our firm and has invested accordingly. I am looking forward to continuing to build our capabilities and working together with our exceptional client base and outstanding colleagues.”
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