Ken Daly, Former CEO of National Association of Corporate Directors, Joins KPMG Board Leadership Center as a Sr. Advisor

Ken Daly, former president and chief executive of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), has joined the KPMG Board Leadership Center (BLC) as a senior advisor, the U.S. audit, tax, and advisory firm KPMG has announced.

“Ken’s insights into how boards can help drive long-term performance are invaluable,” said KPMG Chairman and CEO Lynne Doughtie. “Whether it’s factoring environmental or social issues into corporate strategy or building a diverse board with the ability to truly ‘think differently,’ Ken has spent the last decade setting the standard for boards. It’s great to welcome Ken back to the KPMG team.”

Daly served from 2007 to 2017 as CEO of the NACD, the world’s largest organization for board directors. He is a recognized thought leader on corporate governance and board transformation, and led the NACD through a period of unprecedented growth and influence in Washington DC. Daly is a former KPMG partner and previously served as executive director of KPMG’s Audit Committee Institute (ACI).

“There are few leaders in corporate governance today who have a deeper understanding of the forces driving board effectiveness than Ken Daly,” said Dennis T. Whalen, leader of the KPMG Board Leadership Center. “Whether it’s navigating digital disruption, engaging with shareholders, or building a board that’s fit for purpose, Ken has been at the forefront of raising the bar on corporate governance. We’re thrilled to have Ken join our team and share his insights and practical know-how with the boards and management teams we work with around the country and across the globe.”

Daly said: “Speed, complexity and investor expectations have all changed the game for corporate directors. KPMG has been a leading voice in shaping this new era of governance, and I’m excited to continue raising the bar with the KPMG Board Leadership Center.”

Daly joins a team of seasoned governance professionals at the KPMG Board Leadership Center—Dennis Whalen, Jose Rodriguez, Nancy Calderon, Patrick Lee, Susan Angele, Stephen Brown, and Claudia Allen—who advise boards on the range of issues and leading practices shaping board and committee oversight, from financial reporting, risk and strategy, to corporate culture, investor engagement and board diversity.

Under Daly’s leadership, NACD grew in size and in scope, increasing its revenue by more than five times, and increasing membership by nearly 200 percent. Prior to joining the NACD, Daly was an audit partner at KPMG, where he also served as the partner-in-charge of the national risk management practice. Retiring in 2005 from the firm, he assumed the role of executive director of KPMG's Audit Committee Institute.

Daly has served on and chaired audit committees, and he currently serves on the boards of Lutheran Services in America, the Reinvestment Fund, and Powerlytics, Inc. He is a frequent speaker and writer on many timely issues confronting today's corporate board, including executive compensation. Daly regularly appears in media and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Reuters, AP Radio and Fox News Radio, among others.


About the KPMG Board Leadership Center

The KPMG Board Leadership Center champions outstanding governance to help drive long-term corporate value and enhance investor confidence. Through an array of programs and perspectives—including KPMG's Audit Committee Institute and the WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation—the Center engages with directors and business leaders to help articulate their challenges and promote continuous improvement of public- and private-company governance. Drawing on insights from KPMG professionals and governance experts worldwide, the Center delivers practical thought leadership—on risk and strategy, talent and technology, globalization and compliance, financial reporting and audit quality, and more—all through a board lens. Learn more at