KPMG Australia is pleased to announce three senior appointments to the firm: David Bradbury as a Partner in the Consulting business; Jennifer Westacott AO as a Special Adviser to the firm’s client delivery teams; and Michael Ebeid AM as an Independent Adviser to the National Board.

KPMG Australia CEO, Andrew Yates, said: “I am delighted to welcome such high calibre professionals to our firm. David, Jennifer and Michael have distinct and deep experience in understanding the critical issues facing organisations from a global and domestic perspective – and conversely, how organisations can best adapt to respond to them. I am confident they will make outstanding additions to our organisation, both for our people and our clients.”

David Bradbury’s appointment is effective from August 2024, while Jennifer Westacott and Michael Ebeid commence this month.

David Bradbury joins as Partner, Consulting (Transformation)

David Bradbury joins as a Partner in the Consulting business, focused on Business Transformation. He will bring his significant experience to assist clients that are looking to rapidly transform and evolve their businesses to deal with cost pressures, regulatory demands and the imperative to digitalise and modernise.

Andrew Yates commented: “David is a highly respected national and global policy leader who joins us after a decade at the OECD. As a key member of our business transformation team, David will provide clients with fresh insights as they seek to navigate a rapidly evolving landscape. He will also help them seize the opportunities of digitalisation and decarbonisation. His experience complements the recently announced strategic changes to our own Consulting business, reflecting our own response to these challenges.”

Earlier this year, David Bradbury announced his decision to leave his Paris-based role as Deputy Director of the OECD’s Centre for Tax Policy and Administration and return to Australia. Over the past decade, David Bradbury has played a central role in the OECD’s tax work, including the delivery of the OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Project, the establishment of the Inclusive Framework on BEPS, and securing the landmark 2021 agreement among more than 140 countries and jurisdictions on the two-pillar solution to address the tax challenges arising from digitalisation. 

Prior to joining the OECD, he was a lawyer, a Member of the Australian Parliament and a Minister in the Australian Government, including as Assistant Treasurer, where he held responsibilities overseeing some of Australia’s key economic regulators.

David Bradbury commented: “I am pleased to be returning home to Australia and am energised by the opportunity to take on this new role with KPMG. The firm has offered me the chance to move into a broader role – beyond tax – where I will work with highly motivated and talented teams and to use my skills and experience to help businesses lift their productivity and succeed in an increasingly complex and challenging global environment.”

Jennifer Westacott AO joins as Special Adviser to client teams

This Special Adviser role will span both client and internal responsibilities. Jennifer Westacott has hands-on experience in how the private and public sectors can work together to achieve the best outcomes – and her insights will be beneficial to the firm’s clients. She will also be helping internally, supporting directors and new partners on leadership development.

With experience across both the private and public sectors, Jennifer Westacott is one of Australia’s most respected business leaders. She is the Chancellor of Western Sydney University, a Non-Executive Director at Wesfarmers, the Chair of the Western City & Aerotropolis Authority and a Patron of Pride in Diversity. She is also currently the Australian Government’s business champion for Indonesia. Jennifer Westacott is a former Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia (BCA). Previously, she was National Lead Partner of KPMG’s Sustainability, Climate Change & Water practice. In 2018, she was made an Officer (AO) of the General Division of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to private and public sector administration.

Jennifer Westacott said: “I passionately believe that strengthening and deepening Australia’s economy is the key to delivering a more cohesive and secure nation. I am very pleased to be returning to KPMG, an organisation that puts people first and has the expertise and commitment to contribute to the big-ticket policy solutions to some of Australia and the world’s most pressing challenges.”

Michael Ebeid AM joins as an Independent Advisor to the National Board

Michael Ebeid will provide independent, expert advice to KPMG Australia’s National Board, focusing on technology, digital transformation and culture.

Michael Ebeid’s 35-year business career spans technology, telecommunications and the media sectors. He has led organisational change and transformations and is passionate about workplace culture, leadership and diversity. Michael Ebeid is currently the Chairman of Screen Australia, a non-executive Director of BAI Communications and The Sydney Opera and most recently was the Group Executive of Telstra Enterprise and International Operations. Prior to Telstra, he was the SBS CEO and Managing Director. Michael Ebeid began his career at IBM, before moving to Optus Communications where he led both consumer and Enterprise businesses. In 2017 he was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to Broadcast Media and Multicultural Affairs.

Michael Ebeid said: “I’ve had a long association with KPMG in various capacities. I am excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the firm’s ongoing success, and work with the Board. Much of our economy relies on KPMG in some way, and its purpose and vision really resonate with me.” 

For further information

Hayden Jewell
Corporate Communications 
+61 423 868 454