KPMG's Nigeria boss Kunle Elebute awarded Chairman role for Africa

18 November 2017 2 min. read
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Global accounting and consulting firm KPMG has appointed Kunle Elebute, the firm’s boss of its Nigerian country organisation, as the new Chairman for KPMG Africa. He has been tasked with leading KPMG’s African operations, which spans 33 offices in 54 countries. 

Elebute, who qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1986,  has over 35 years of professional experience advising clients in the private/public sectors in Nigeria, West and Sub-Sahara Africa. Prior to his appointment as the KPMG Africa Chairman, Kunle Elebute served as the National Senior Partner for KPMG in Nigeria since October, 2016. Before that, he was the Head of Advisory Services in Nigeria, responsible for the Deal Advisory, Management Consulting, Risk Consulting and Information Technology Advisory service lines.

He was admitted as a Partner in 1996 and was made responsible for the privatisation and emerging markets practice in 1999. He led the Financial Advisory Services division which oversees corporate finance, transaction and forensic services for the West African sub-region from 2002 and became head of the Advisory arm in 2008. In between, he also led two of the firm’s larger industry practices in Nigeria: Financial Services Industry (FSI) and Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare (IGH). 

Among the projects he has been involved with include working in conjunction with the International Finance Corporation on the privatisation of the Lagos State Water Corporation and working for the World Bank as part of a multi-disciplinary team of consultants responsible for the comprehensive evaluation of the Nigerian petroleum sector

Kunle Elebute - Chairman for KPMG Africa

Besides leading the firm’s African organisation, Elebute is a member of the KPMG Global Board, as well as the KPMG Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMA) Board. He also holds a number of positions on not-for-profit Boards such as the Nigerian Economic Summit Group and the Society for Family Health and American Business Council. 

Commenting on his appointment, Elebute said: “With a presence in over 50 countries, KPMG is well represented across the African continent. The firm's extensive network of practices enables KPMG to ensure that our clients have access to a blend of professionals who are well versed with local conditions, giving them access to skilled resources, no matter where they are in Africa.”

He added, “I am honored to take on this position of leadership for KPMG in Africa. As Africa continues to record an interesting interplay of rapid development across many economic sectors with disruption, rapid change and technological evolution; our commitment to inspire confidence and empower change in all we do for clients is one thing that unifies all the KPMG member firms on the continent.”