KPMG has named Tim Gillis as managing partner of its Washington Metro Area offices, effective June 1. Gillis will be responsible for the strategic direction and continued growth of the firm’s Washington, D.C. and Tysons, VA, offices, overseeing more than 2,600 partners and professionals.
Gillis succeeds Jerry Carlson, who will retire on September 30, 2019 after a 38-year career. Jerry has served as leader of the Washington Metro Area offices since 2013.
“I’m eager to dive in and lead this talented group of professionals,” said Gillis. “Our corporate and government clients are dealing with cyber threats, how to make better use of their data, technology disruption and so much more. We’ve got an experienced team to help them with these challenges.”
“Tim is a proven leader who knows the market and gives back to the community – all traits that will make him an excellent managing partner for this critical region,” said John Kunasek, KPMG Vice Chair, Clients and Markets. “He’s also committed to continuing to make KPMG a great place to work and to build a career.”
Gillis, who will also be responsible for market development of the firm’s offices in Maryland and Virginia, has more than 30 years of experience as an auditor, lawyer, and tax professional, working with Fortune 500 and mid-market companies in diverse industries. Most recently, he held global roles leading the indirect tax practice and tax technology. He served on the firm’s U.S. Board of Directors from 2008-2013, including as Lead Director in 2012 and 2013.
Gillis joined KPMG in 1998 and soon joined the firm’s Washington National Tax (WNT) practice. He later held leadership roles in the firm’s State and Local Tax (SALT) practice and was also lead partner for a regional tax practice, overseeing strong revenue growth.
A longtime resident of McLean, Va., Gillis has been active in the community for many years. He co-founded The .300 Club, a group leading the charge on supporting the mission of The Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy (YBA). He also serves on the Board of Directors for local chapters of nonprofits including Thanks USA, the Living Classrooms Foundation, and the American Heart Association.
Gillis has been similarly engaged in local, prestigious academic institutions. He was appointed Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center from 2008-2017, and he has served on the Board of Trustees for the George Mason University (GMU) Foundation since 2016.
“I’m delighted to turn over the reins to Tim,” said Carlson. “He’s been a mentor to many in the firm, he’s committed to our values, our culture and the community, and he is passionate about supporting our clients in addressing their most complex business issues.”
During Carlson’s tenure, KPMG has achieved significant growth in revenues and capabilities as reflected in an expansion of local professionals by over 45% in the last 6 years. He also oversaw the firm’s volunteer activities locally, including KPMG’s donation of over 120,000 books to underserved area children through the KPMG Family for Literacy (KFFL) program. He has served on the Boards of the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the Federal City Council and served as the 2015 Chair of the Junior Achievement Washington Business Hall of Fame dinner. In addition, he was instrumental in negotiating KPMG’s new office space at Boro Tower in Tysons, VA. More than 1,800 KPMG Tysons employees will relocate to Boro Tower this summer.
Prior to coming to the Washington Metro Area six years ago, Carlson served as managing partner of the firm’s St. Louis office since 2008.