KPMG in India ropes in former PwC consulting head

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The churning in Big 4 consulting firms seems to be continuing. And now KPMG has roped in Ambarish Dasgupta, PwC India’s former national consulting leader and executive director as head of management consulting. According to officials in the country’s consulting circles, a much larger exodus from PwC India’s consulting team including some at the top level is also round the corner. And in sync with KPMG’s long-term aggressive growth plans to adapt to ever changing market dynamics, KPMG India has also made some internal restructuring of its leadership team. Vikram Hosangady will now take over as head of private equity, while Shalini Pillay will be elevated to head human resources at KPMG India. Big 4 grapevines had it that in another significant development Rohit Mahajan, partner and co-head, forensic practices, KPMG India is joining Deloitte to head its forensic practices. KPMG India spokesman, however, denied that.

All these moves coincided with the exit of KPMG India’s former CEO Russell Parera, former head of its management consulting, Sunny Banerjee, former HR partner Sangeeta Singh and former head of transactions, restructuring and PE, Vikram Uttamsingh.

Confirming the development, Dasgupta, who had served PwC India for over two decades, leading large business transformation projects covering strategy, process, technology and organisational change at PwC India’s consulting practice, said, “Consulting business is evolving every day to keep itself aligned to the changing customer needs. My endeavour will be to bring the most efficient consulting offerings, customised suitably, to a particular need of a particular customer and to be with them till they reap the benefit out of the solution. KPMG’s strong drive towards being a brand defining consulting firm will help me in fulfilling that.”

He said that his primary focus would be on developing KPMG’s operations in the east and north-east focusing on government sector, PPP. Dasgupta had also been on the board for PwC Solution Delivery Centre, a joint venture of PwC’s India, Australia, Canada and few other practices, based out of Kolkata.

In an official communiqué, Richard Rekhy, chief executive officer, KPMG in India, said, “Ambarish is an industry veteran, with a deep experience across sectors within the management consulting domain. I am confident Ambarish’s inclusion in the team will strengthen our commitment to provide best in class services to our clients. Given our increased focus on the consulting business, I am confident that Ambarish’s able and proven leadership will help steer Management Consulting practice to achieve its true potential.”


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