Nhlamu Dlomu appointed as head of HR for KPMG Global

After a challenging stint as chief executive of the SA business, she must now drive the global people strategy.

Former KPMG South Africa chief executive Nhlamu Dlomu has been appointed as the company’s new “Global Head of People”. With effect from July 8, Nhlamu will be the HR boss for KPMG globally. The appointment comes after a challenging period for Nhlamu, who took over as CEO in the wake of a crisis when KPMG was found to have ignored red flags in its audits of entities owned by the controversial Gupta family. According to a forensic report, some of KPMG’s partners also benefited from the looting of VBS Mutual Bank, which is now defunct. 

Nhlamu stepped down as CEO last year and was replaced by former SAICA president Ignatius Sehoole. She now returns to a people portfolio she is familiar with, having previously been KPMG South Africa’s Head of People and Change. 

In a statement by the audit and advisory firm, Nhlamu Nhlamu will be relocating to London and will join the global chairman’s executive committee.

Said KPMG South Africa chairperson Wiseman Nkuhlu in the statement: “Prior to being the CEO of KPMG South Africa, many of you would remember that Nhlamu was head of people in the firm, and more recently, the head of global culture and organisational development…I have no doubt that Nhlamu’s leadership experience, as well as human resources and change management expertise, will prove invaluable to drive the global collective strategy forward

Nhlamu has over 18 years’ experience in management consulting, and management roles gained mainly in organisational development and human resources across various industry sectors. In addition to her tenure as the head of the executive committee for KPMG South Africa, she is a former HR Executive for one of the largest banks in South Africa and is thoroughly experienced on matters of culture transformation, change management and other people management practices.