KPMG has announced that Euan West has been appointed to lead the firm’s Liverpool office.
Euan is currently head of clients and growth for KPMG’s national markets business in the UK, working with a number of listed businesses including ASOS, PageGroup, SIG and KCOM. He will take up his new position in the new year.
West is a member of the firm’s national markets leadership team, sits on KPMG’s Investment Review Board and also leads the firm’s digital transformation programme across its regional business.
West takes over the Liverpool office senior partner role from Chris Fry who, after six years in post, will continue to work across the North West region as tax partner, leading on some of the firm’s major accounts.
Commenting on the announcement, West said: “It’s a fantastic privilege to be taking over the leadership of such a talented team at a time when Merseyside continues to build its reputation as an exceptional place in which to do business. The strength of the city region’s traditional industries is matched by a raft of exciting growth sectors and an ambitious community of entrepreneurial start-ups, so I’m really excited about being able to play a part in shaping their future success.
“My priorities over the coming months will be to maintain a keen focus on developing the skills of our people, ensuring we can recruit and retain the very best talent, whilst delivering best-in-class services to our clients.”
Chris Hearld, north region chair for KPMG, added: “As a markets partner, Euan has an excellent track record of working closely with our clients to develop an in-depth understanding of their strategies, objectives and what keeps them awake at night, in order that we can support them with their growth ambitions.
“With Liverpool having the second fastest growing economy outside of London, it’s an exciting time for the city region and there’s a wealth of opportunity out there. I know that Euan will lead the office with passion, building on the great success we achieved under Chris Fry’s leadership.”
He added: “I’d like to put on record our thanks to Chris Fry for the sterling job that he has done as head of our Liverpool office. During his six years in Liverpool, Chris has been absolutely instrumental in the growth and development of the office and in building its strong market share and reputation.”