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KPMG appoints new UK head of automotive

KPMG’s UK head of automotive, Justin Benson

KPMG has made Justin Benson as the firm’s UK head of automotive alongside his current role as Brexit lead for the firm’s industrial manufacturing practice.

Benson, who joined KPMG in 2000 and is an existing director within the firm, having worked in the automotive sector for over a decade, succeeds John Leech who has led the UK automotive practice since 2011.

Under John’s leadership, the practice has grown significantly and developed capabilities in supply chain, data analytics, operational transformation, cyber security, international strategy and customer experience. John will now focus on his recently expanded portfolio of audit clients.

KPMG said in a statement that supply chain optimisation, information technology, mergers and acquisitions and risk management could all be listed among Benson’s specialist areas.

Stephen Cooper, UK head of industrial manufacturing at KPMG, said: “I look forward to working with Justin, who brings an already established network, innovative thinking and significant operational skills to the fore at a time when the automotive sector is on the cusp of disruption from electrification, self-driving cars and mobility as a service.

“I would like to thank John for his leadership and commitment throughout his six years in charge of our automotive practice. He has significantly raised our profile and capabilities in the sector which has led to recognition from industry and government alike.”

Benson added: “I believe we are entering the most exciting period in automotive since the invention of the car, so I'm delighted to be taking over the reins from John.

“Under John's direction, KPMG has demonstrated how important the automotive sector in the UK is for our firm.

“We will continue to invest, particularly in our Mobility 2030 cross-sector ecosystem platform, working with clients and the industry on how the sector responds to the disruption it is experiencing."

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