Federal Judge to Join KPMG as Vice Chair of Legal Affairs

KPMG LLP announced late last week that U.S. Chief District Judge Sven Erik Holmes will join the firm in the newly created position of vice chair - legal affairs, according to Eugene D. O'Kelly, chairman and chief executive officer.

Judge Holmes, 53, the chief judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma, will resign in March from the federal bench in Tulsa, where he has served for ten years. He will serve as chief legal officer for KPMG LLP, and will direct the office of general counsel and the ethics and compliance functions within the firm.

As vice chair and chief legal officer for KPMG, Judge Holmes will be counsel to the office of the chairman, the management committee, and the board of directors of KPMG LLP. He will also become a member of the firm's management committee.

His appointment is expected to be formally ratified by KPMG's partnership later this month.

Judge Holmes will bring extensive legal, government and private practice experience to his KPMG position. He was appointed to the federal bench in 1995, and has been a chief judge since 2003.

"As a professional services firm, our success is inextricably linked to our performance, our reputation, and our commitment to core values of leadership and integrity," said Greg Russo, KPMG LLP vice chair, risk and regulatory matters. "As a chief judge, as a partner in a respected Washington law firm, and as a general counsel in the U.S. Senate, we're confident that Sven Holmes will help KPMG continue to lead the way in restoring credibility to our profession, enhancing our firm's risk architecture and creating a more compelling work environment for our people."

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