John B. Veihmeyer is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of KPMG LLP, a big Four public accounting firm that provides audit, tax and advisory services, and the U.S. member firm of KPMG International. John is the chair of the Board of Directors and is a member of the Management Committee. John also serves as the Chairman of the Americas Region, which includes the U.S., Canada, Central and South America, and Israel, for KPMG Cooperative International (KPMGI). KPMG International’s member firms have approximately 140,000 professionals, including more than 7,600 partners, in 146 countries. In addition, John is a member of KPMGI’s Global Board and Global Executive Team.
John B. Veihmeyer has held key leadership positions during his 33-year career with KPMG. He has extensive experience dealing with the complex needs of our clients, currently serving as client service partner for several of KPMG’s largest clients. John is committed to ensuring that professionalism, integrity and diversity are foundational elements of the profession and the firm, and that KPMG is recognized as an Employer of Choice.
John joined the Washington D.C. office of KPMG in 1977 and was elected to the partnership in 1987. Between 2005 and June 2010, John served as U.S. Deputy Chairman.
Previously, John was Global Head of Risk Management & Regulatory and a member of KPMG’s International Executive Team. Earlier, he was KPMG’s Managing Partner for the Mid-Atlantic area, and Managing Partner in Washington, D.C. John also served as partner-in-charge of KPMG’s Audit practice in Washington and Baltimore and was the lead SEC partner and professional practice partner for the Mid-Atlantic Area.
John is a member of the Governing Board for the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) and previously served as a member of Chairman Christopher Cox’s SEC Advisory Committee on Smaller Public Companies. In the community, he is a member of the Partnership for New York City (PFNYC), Board member of Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP), serves on the Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business Advisory Council and 2009-2010 Kennedy Center Corporate Fund Board, is a member or Business-Higher Education Forum (BFEH), Co-Chair of CEOs Against Cancer and former Board of Trustees member of Saint Mary’s College,. He previously served as the board chairman of the Cultural Alliance of Washington, D.C., and as a member of the executive committee of the boards of the Federal City Council and the Greater Washington Board of Trade.
John was named one of the 2009 Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting by Accounting Today magazine. He has also spoken on the critical role of ethics and integrity in leadership, as well as the importance of diversity, at colleges and universities, including the University of Notre Dame, Brigham Young University, the University of Illinois and Howard University.
John received his B.B.A., cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame, in 1977. He is a licensed CPA in New York, Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia, as well as a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.