Remembering Distinguished Former KPMG Chairman Jon C. Madonna

A message from Lynne Doughtie


It is with sadness that I share news of the recent passing of Jon Madonna, KPMG’s chairman and chief executive from 1990 until his retirement in 1996.  Jon led the firm during a pivotal time in its history – as KPMG and its clients sought to capture the benefits of emerging mobile and digital technologies, the commercialization of the Internet, and the increasing pace of globalization.

A native of Northern California, Jon was born in 1943; earned his B.S. in accounting from the University of San Francisco in 1965; and, following two years of service as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army, joined KPMG’s San Francisco office audit practice in 1968.  Jon’s distinguished 28-year career included election to the partnership in 1976; a rotational assignment in the Executive Office Department of Professional Development; and service as Partner in Charge of the San Francisco audit department.

Following his retirement from KPMG, Jon served as Vice Chairman of Travelers Group from 1997 to 1998 and as President and CEO of Carlson Wagonlit Corporate Travel from 1999 to 2000.  He was named CEO of DigitalThink, Inc. (an e-commerce company) in 2001 before his appointment as its Chairman from 2002 to 2004.

A sought-after voice on business issues, Jon served as a director on numerous corporate boards, including AT&T Inc., Freeport-McMoRan, Phelps Dodge Corporation, Visa USA, Tidewater Inc., and Jazz Technologies, Inc.

Jon had a meaningful impact on KPMG, sharpening our market focus and enhancing the firm’s investments in what is today our Advisory business.  In many ways the strengths we enjoy as a firm can be traced to Jon.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Lynn, and family.  Please click here if you would like to share your reflections and condolences with Jon’s family.