A message from Lynne Doughtie, KPMG US Chairman & CEO
It is with sadness that I share the news that Michael Andrew, KPMG’s global chairman from 2011 to 2014, has passed away after a battle with cancer. Michael was a great leader and mentor to many throughout his career, and he will be deeply missed.
Michael joined KPMG’s Tax practice in Australia in 1984 and was admitted to the partnership four years later. He served as lead partner for several key global clients. He oversaw the Victoria office from 2002 to 2006, then served as national chairman of KPMG Australia and chairman of the Asia Pacific region from 2007 to 2011, when he stepped into the role of global chairman. Michael led the global network at a time of extraordinary economic, technological, and regulatory change. His decision to base the global chairman’s office in Hong Kong was a powerful symbol of the firm’s global mindset, and the opportunities he saw to expand our footprint in growing and emerging economies while building on our strengths in established markets. Through it all, Michael was unwavering in his focus on quality and integrity, strengthening KPMG’s reputation and brand around the world.
Michael stepped down as global chairman in 2014, prior to the end of his term, as a result of his declining health. After his retirement from KPMG, he remained active in his home country as chair of the Australian Board of Taxation and the Federal Government’s Black Economy Task Force—positions where he worked to strengthen the fairness of Australia’s tax and welfare systems.
Michael had a tremendous impact on KPMG and our clients, and will always be remembered as a great steward of our firm. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Mardi and his two daughters, Monique and Danielle. Michael will be greatly missed by all. If you would like to share your reflections and condolences with Michael’s family, please send your sentiments to: firstname.lastname@example.org