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KPMG Names Elena Richards Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

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KPMG LLP [No. 12 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity List in 2020], the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm, has appointed Elena Richards, an accomplished HR, talent management and diversity professional with deep knowledge of the professional services industry, as Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer. Richards, who joins as a principal, will lead the firm’s national Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) team and work closely with the management team and board of directors to advance KPMG’s Accelerate 2025 initiative.

“At KPMG, our commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion reflects our values and is foundational to our culture,” said Paul Knopp, Chair and CEO, KPMG LLP. “We’re thrilled to welcome Elena, a well-respected and experienced leader who will work closely with me and our firm’s leaders to make meaningful progress against our I&D priorities.”

Richards also will partner with KPMG’s leadership teams to enhance the organization’s inclusive and diverse culture, which has earned the firm recognition as a top workplace by Fortune magazine, DiversityInc, Working Mother, The Human Rights Campaign, and more.

Richards comes to KPMG from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) [DiversityInc Hall of Fame company] where she most recently served as a Managing Director on PwC’s national diversity team. In that role, she worked to design and execute strategic diversity and talent management initiatives for the organization’s employees in the United States.

She earned her B.A. in criminal justice at the University at Albany, State University of New York, and is a Certified Professional Coach. She also has served as an Advisory Board Member for Howard University’s Center for Accounting Education and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ National Diversity & Pipeline Commission.

About KPMG LLP

KPMG LLP is the U.S. firm of the KPMG global organization of independent professional services firms providing audit, tax and advisory services. The KPMG global organization operates in 147 countries and territories and has more than 219,000 people working in member firms around the world. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such. KPMG International Limited is a private English company limited by guarantee (CLG). KPMG International Limited and its related entities do not provide services to clients.

KPMG is widely recognized for being a great place to work and build a career. Our people share a sense of purpose in the work we do, and a strong commitment to community service, inclusion and diversity, and eradicating childhood illiteracy. Learn more at www.kpmg.com/us.

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