Former Government of Canada CIO Joins KPMG

Ken Cochrane to co-lead firm's National IT Advisory practice

TORONTO, June 16 /CNW/ - Ken Cochrane, former Chief Information Officer for the Government of Canada, has joined KPMG as a Partner.

Ken will be located in the firm's Ottawa office, where he will lead KPMG's IT Advisory Services, with a focus on technology-enabled transformation solutions. He will also co-lead the firm's National IT Advisory Services line, developing strategies and business plans for the public sector.

"Ken is one of the most respected technology leaders in Canada," said John Herhalt, Canadian Managing Partner, Advisory, KPMG. "He has a proven track record in serving government departments and building large technology teams. His knowledge and experience will help to drive the growth of our IT Advisory business, and will be particularly welcomed by our public sector clients."

Ken brings to the firm over 20 years of experience in the technology field in both the public and private sectors, including service as Federal Chief Information Officer of the Government of Canada from 2006 to 2008. In this role, Ken provided leadership and oversight for IT-related initiatives in over 200 government agencies and institutions. He also served as CEO of IT Shared Services for the federal government, and CIO and Assistant Deputy Minister for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Apart from his senior government roles, Ken has served as Vice-President - Development for MetLife USA, and Vice-President and Chief Information Officer for MetLife Canada. Immediately prior to joining KPMG, Ken was the Managing Partner at Southside Solutions Group Inc., providing strategic advice to clients in the public and private sector.

"Ken takes a practical and hands-on approach to his work," says Herhalt. "He does not see himself as a technologist, but focuses on how technology enables and supports business objectives. This approach is consistent with KPMG's global technology strategy."

Ken holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Carleton University in Ottawa, and is a graduate of the Information System Program at Algonquin College. A former Co-Chair of the Public Sector Chief Information Officer Council, Ken is also a Past Chair of the Conference Board of Canada's Council of Chief Information Officers.

About KPMG

KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm (kpmg.ca), a Canadian limited liability partnership established under the laws of Ontario, is the Canadian member firm of KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"). KPMG International's member firms have 140,000 professionals, including more than 7,900 partners, in 146 countries.

The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International, a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity, and describes itself as such.

About KPMG's IT Advisory Practice

KPMG's IT Advisory Services practice assists organizations in the creation of business value by:

    
    -   Designing and supporting delivery of IT strategies and investment
        projects
    -   Improving IT performance through shaping direction, supporting change
        initiatives, and sustaining outcomes
    -   Delivering technology-enabled transformation
    -   Managing risk and compliance.
    

The practice includes more than 150 dedicated professionals who focus on the CIO's agenda, working alongside clients to help them accelerate and enhance IT's value to the business.

SOURCE KPMG LLP

For further information: For further information: or to arrange a media interview, please contact: Mark Klein, Manager, Media Relations, KPMG, mklein3@kpmg.ca, (416) 777-3895; Julie Bannerjea, Head of Media Relations, KPMG, jbannerjea@kpmg.ca, (416) 777-3243


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