KPMG New Zealand Strengthens Leadership Capability Across The Firm

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KPMG has announced the appointments of Stephanie Ward and
Rachael Niao, who have recently joined the partnership. The
appointments build on those announced earlier this year of
Sarah McGrath, Jodi Newth, Nick Moss, Leon Bowker, and Mike
Lowe. Together these appointments strengthen KPMG’s
ambition to foster a partnership of diverse-thinking,
industry-leading professionals, with a commitment to
fuelling New Zealand’s prosperity.

KPMG CEO Godfrey
Boyce says, “I am pleased to congratulate our newest
partners formally. Their appointments reflect our firm’s
determination to help New Zealand’s businesses succeed,
the public sector to achieve more, and our communities to

Stephanie and Rachael not only add their
extensive expertise in both the public and private sectors
to the partnership, but their appointments also signal a
strengthening of the diverse leadership capability across
the firm.

“At KPMG, we draw strength and mana from
our different backgrounds and experiences. Our partners work
shoulder-to-shoulder with clients and our communities, so
it’s important that our leaders also reflect the clients
we serve and the communities in which we live and

“As growth mindset leaders who have
outstanding reputations both globally and locally, I am
proud to have Stephanie and Rachael at the table,” says

Stephanie Ward, Partner Deal

Based in the Auckland office, Stephanie
brings both a global and local lens to developing solutions
for New Zealand’s complex infrastructure needs, having
worked in Canada, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.
Stephanie specialises in providing commercial and financial
advice to central and local governments, focusing on
infrastructure, urban development, and utilities, and
working at the interface of the public and private

Prior to KPMG, Stephanie worked in commercial
roles for the New Zealand Treasury and Her Majesty’s
Treasury in the United Kingdom, where she was involved in
developing the world’s first social impact bond. From
there, she grew her interest in sustainable infrastructure.
Since returning home, Stephanie has been applying her global
experience to help make positive impacts on New Zealand
cities, including work on the decarbonisation of the public
bus fleet.

“Stephanie is highly regarded and is a
sought-after influencer in her field. She has developed into
a strong leader and has been an integral part of growing our
infrastructure and government practices through fostering
deep relationships with key industry stakeholders across the
board,” says Boyce.

Rachael Niao, Partner Technology

Globally accomplished technology architect
and digital strategist Rachael Niao has joined KPMG New
Zealand, returning from working across Europe, Asia, and
Australia. She also returns home to her Iwi; Ngati Awa,
Tuhoe, Ngati Porou and Te Arawa.

Rachael’s primary
focus is on digital transformation. She is looking forward
to helping New Zealand organisations navigate old systems
into the digital world, using intelligent and emerging
technologies to achieve an effective continuous improvement
and innovation culture.

Rachael’s experience has
seen her lead numerous assurance and assessment engagements
while gaining extensive experience developing digital
strategies and roadmaps. She has also performed lead roles
on sizable digital transformation programmes, including
enterprise cloud, analytics, and mobility

Rachael is also deeply committed to
inclusion and diversity, particularly with gender balance
and the representation of minority groups. While in Asia
Pacific and Europe, she has applied her experience working
across cultures to generate better results for clients. She
is excited to use the same philosophies to support and drive
better outcomes for Māori.

“As we expand our
digital and transformation capability, we are fortunate to
have Rachael join the firm at such a critical time for our
clients, communities, and New Zealand as a whole,” says

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