Learn about the history of KPMG from the beginning to the far reaching business that it is today.

Learn about the history of KPMG.

Our history

Principal founding members

There were four key figures in the formation of KPMG. They are the founding members of the present organization.

William Barclay Peat

William Barclay Peat (the Pin KPMG) started his career in accountancy at just 17, working for Robert Fletcher & Co. He quickly rose through the ranks, and in 1891, Peat assumed leadership of the firm, and renamed it William Barclay Peat & Co.

James Marwick

In 1897, the US firm Marwick, Mitchell & Company got its start in New York City. The company was formed by James Marwick (the M in KPMG) and Roger Mitchell, both Scottish immigrants. It wasn’t easy establishing a firm in the city; many thought there was no place or need for accountants, but the two soon built a strong reputation.

Piet Klynveld

In 1917 Piet Klynveld (the Kin KPMG) opened a small accounting firm in Amsterdam. Jaap Kraayenhof joined and the firm became Klynveld Kraayenhof & Company (KKC). By the time Klynveld passed away in 1946, he left behind the largest accounting firm in the Netherlands.

Reinhard Goerdeler

Dr Reinhard Goerdeler was the first president of the International Federation of Accountants and achairman of KPMG. He was instrumental in the formation of Klynveld Main Goerdeler, a key precursor of today’s KPMG.


In Albania, KPMG was established in 1996 and since March 2005 we have been operating in Kosovo through our office in Pristina. Presently we have more than 50 dedicated professionals in our offices in Tirana and Pristina.

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