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Penn State a Great Place to Recruit, Says KPMG CEO

In his visit to the Penn State Smeal College of Business last week as part of the Executive Insights series, John B. Veihmeyer, chairman and CEO of KPMG in the U.S. and chairman across the Americas, affirmed Penn State’s importance to KPMG.
February 6, 2013

In his visit to the Penn State Smeal College of Business last week as part of the Executive Insights series, John B. Veihmeyer, chairman and CEO of KPMG in the U.S. and chairman across the Americas, affirmed Penn State’s importance to KPMG.

“We take more students from Penn State than any other school we recruit from,” Veihmeyer told students at the Executive Insights event on Friday, Feb. 1. “We want to bring as many of you as we possibly can.”

Recruiting and developing great talent is what will sustain KPMG in the future and differentiate the firm from its competitors, the CEO said. And, though KPMG is one of the Big Four accounting firms, those employment opportunities are not limited to accounting students—Penn Staters in general have a history of being successful at the firm.

KPMG is “an incredibly diverse firm that needs a broader and broader set of people as we look to the future,” according to Veihmeyer.

Last academic year, more than 85 Smeal students completed internships with KPMG or were hired to full-time roles with the firm.

Veihmeyer has held a series of key leadership positions over his 35-year career at KPMG and has been named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting by Accounting Today magazine. He is also active in philanthropy and speaks often on the importance of diversity as well as ethics and integrity in business leadership.

Executive Insights is designed to complement the Smeal educational experience by bringing high-profile business leaders to the college to connect with students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Past guests include more than 25 leaders from organizations such as Boeing, Dell, Deloitte, Johnson & Johnson, Kohl’s, Procter & Gamble, Verizon, and Tumi Holdings, Inc.

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