KPMG: Corporate Associate of the Month

July 02, 2018

By Rony Shir

KPMG, one of the world’s leading professional services firms, is committed to education and lifelong learning. This commitment extends to equipping current and future talent with the knowledge and skills they need to build successful careers. As such, KPMG has recognized the University of Miami Business School (MBS) as one of its priority schools for recruiting and hiring of their accounting graduates. KPMG currently employs around 77 Miami Business School Alumni. They work in various departments of the firm including Advisory, Audit, Tax, and the Business Process Group. Although the majority of the MBS alumni are employed in KPMG’s South Florida offices, alumni are located in 22 cities across the US as well as Switzerland, United Kingdom, and Australia. The firm has also hired interns from the MBS Master of Accounting Program (MAcc). Our MAcc program provides a concentration in financial and managerial accounting, as well as auditing and systems, to develop the skills demanded of accounting professionals in the industry today. The program is among just a handful to be fully accredited by the AACSB International, the leading accrediting body for business schools worldwide.

Ezequiel Ladron de Guevara, Audit Partner at KPMG has been with the firm for 17 years. When asked about KPMG’s long standing relationship with the Miami Business School Ezequiel recalls:

I’m a Miami guy. Growing up in South Florida, I always rooted for UM. I think the quality of the Accounting Program is impressive. Since joining the Accounting Advisory Board about a year ago, I see the way the program adjusts quickly to the economy and current market trends. Students graduating from the Masters in Accounting Program are better equipped for what lies ahead. Having a program that keeps in close touch with the accounting profession is vital. It is very important that MBS now stresses Business Analytics. These are some the key reasons KPMG hires students from Miami Business School. They typically start as interns and progress to receiving full time positions.

Ezequiel Ladron de Guevara
Audit Partner, KPMG

KPMG is also a sponsor of the BusinessForUM, hosted annually by Miami Business School’s Department of Accounting. The ForUM attracts a large number of alumni, accountants, and lawyers. This year’s conference theme was “The Influence of eCommerce on the Global Economy.” Jose Rodriguez, Partner in Charge and Executive Director of the Audit Committee at KPMG, is a BBA ’81 and the incoming Vice-Chairman of the MBS Board of Overseers. Jose was awarded “Alumnus of the Year” for his dedication to the Miami Business School. He has been a partner with KPMG for more than 20 years and in the profession for over 35 years.

KPMG is also a Silver Member ($10,000+) of the Corporate Associates Program. The program includes 48 global and local businesses that have built long-term strategic relationships with MBS. Depending on the company’s chosen level of support, the school provides essential resources as a way of saying “thank you” for a company’s valuable contribution as a corporate partner.

To learn more about the Corporate Associates Program, please click here.

To learn more about the Past Corporate Associates of the Month, please click here.

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