As advisory firms continue to build their cryptocurrency expertise, KPMG has recruited two financial services modernization experts. Ian Taylor will lead its digital assets wing as director, while Peter Harmston will join as payments partner.
Karim Haji, Head of UK Financial Services and EMA at KPMG, said: “We have a thriving financial services practice that is committed to recruiting, retaining and developing top talent, and Peter and Ian are great additions to the team, they both work in rapidly changing and disruptive industries and it is fantastic to provide our clients with additional high caliber expertise in these areas.
Peter Harmston joins KPMG UK from KPMG Australia. He led the financial services transformation team there. He worked at KPMG Australia for over 11 years and co-led the development of the Australian payments practice. Before moving to Australia, he also spent time at KPMG UK and Royal Bank of Scotland. As a partner in the UK, Harmston will leverage its experience in implementing faster payments architecture in the Australian banking industry, leading the development of the UK company’s payments practice.
Harmston said: “I’m really looking forward to working at KPMG UK again after leaving Australia to come back here. We have a huge opportunity to leverage the great work we do with our customers in payments transformation and I’m excited to help them navigate the rapidly changing payments landscape. »
Ian Taylor brings more than 20 years of experience in capital markets and disruptive technologies. Prior to joining KPMG, Taylor was Executive Director of Crypto UK (where he holds an advisory role), the UK trade association representing over 120 companies in the digital asset industry in the UK. Earlier in his career, he also led teams at numerous global banks, specializing in foreign exchange, fixed income and liquidity management, among others. As a director within the firm’s financial services practice, Taylor will lead the firm’s crypto and digital assets team as it strengthens its offering to clients in the disruptive technology space.
Taylor said: “I am delighted to join KPMG UK to lead the Digital Assets team as we continue to build our capabilities and expertise in this area. KPMG’s financial services practice provides clients with cutting-edge advice on digital assets and I really look forward to working with the team to help our clients in this ecosystem.