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Burnet succeeds Anderson

First female head of Big Four in Scotland

Catherine BurnetAccountancy firm KPMG has appointed Catherine Burnet as the first female to head a big four accountancy firm in Scotland.

She will succeed Craig Anderson who is retiring after 37 years with the practice.

Ms Burnet, head of the firm’s financial services business and a partner since 2009, has been with KPMG for more than 20 years. Her promotion coincides with a record payroll in Scotland. She will become regional chairman in October.

UK chairman Simon Collins said: “Financial services is under-going substantial transformation at rapid pace and our Scottish practice will benefit from the experience, leadership and agility that Catherine has built up in her client work.”

Ms Burnet said her appointment comes “against the backdrop of significant changes in the Scottish economy and society.”

Craig AndersonMr Anderson (right) said: “I have been privileged throughout my career to work with some inspirational colleagues and clients, as the firm has grown and our services have developed.

“A particular highlight has been the location of KPMG’s UK tax centre of excellence and small business accounting teams in Glasgow which contributes to the number of people employed by the firm in Scotland, recently rising to more than 850 – the highest ever.

“Catherine is a fantastic appointment. She is an outstanding professional with significant international experience. She is truly client focused with a terrific track record in fostering talent.”

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