KPMG UK appoints 3 new partners to bolster cyber offering

Julia Spain, Clare Maio and Serdar Cabuk have been hired by the firm to strengthen its client offerings in risk and cyber security.

KPMG UK has appointed three new partners to its UK Corporates Consulting team. Julia Spain, Clare Maio and Serdar Cabuk have all been hired by the firm to strengthen its client offerings in risk and cyber security.

Clare Maio has joined KPMG’s growing Risk and Controls Transformation team and will primarily support clients in updating how they handle traditional risk and controls requirements, as well as emerging environmental, social and governance obligations. She has moved to the firm from Accenture, where she was Managing Director in the Resources team, during which time she helped numerous organisations to achieve their transformation programme objectives.

Maio says: “I am delighted to be joining KPMG and I am looking forward to the opportunity of working with leading businesses to help them get greater value from their risk and controls programme investment. I’m particularly excited about helping clients to use innovative digital tools, automation and analytics, to make controls programmes more efficient, insightful and valuable.”

Julia Spain has joined the Technology Risk practice as a Cyber and Privacy Partner, with a key focus on FMCG and Life Sciences & Healthcare. She will drive a critical business value focus and will also be delivering the firm’s privacy and data risk strategy, as part of the broader Data practice. Julia has more than twenty years’ experience in industry and consulting and spent almost a decade in government, leading on counter terrorism and nation state cyber threats to the UK. Before joining KPMG, she also spent time at Goldman Sachs, Aon, GSK and Deloitte.

Spain says: “I am thrilled to be joining KPMG to help ensure that cyber and privacy are business enablers for clients’ digital, data, risk, and cloud transformation needs, aligned to their organisational purpose and objectives. I’m also keen to support clients in developing their risk culture, from risk as a compliance issue to risk as an ethical and investment consideration.”

Joining the firm as a Partner in KPMG’s Cyber and Technology Risk business, Serdar Cabuk will be primarily working on Consumer and Energy sectors, where his expertise in technology and risk transformations will help clients better manage their cyber and digital risks. Serdar brings over twenty years’ experience in cyber security, technology and cloud in a variety of roles in consulting and academia. In his last role he was a Managing Partner at Deloitte, leading the Nordics Cyber Risk practice. Prior to that, he built and led IBM’s European Security Strategy and Risk practice. 

Cabuk adds: “I joined KPMG due to the firm’s collaborative culture, its first-class integrated digital transformation offerings, and its efforts in building a diverse workforce, which is essential for cyber and digital businesses that require diversity of thought. I look forward to working with my consulting colleagues in risk and tech transformations for our clients, where cyber plays an essential role.”

Commenting on the hires, Javid Hamid, Head of Corporates Consulting at KPMG UK, said: “In a world of increasing risk and uncertainty, we are facing unprecedented demand from our corporate clients for our risk and cyber security services. Therefore, I am incredibly pleased to welcome three new fantastic Partners to bolster these teams, who are all leaders in their field and will bring additional senior expertise.”



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