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KPMG announces 14 new partners in 2022

KPMG has announced 14 new partners reflecting continued strong demand for its audit, tax, deal advisory and consulting services

Announcing the new partners, Seamus Hand, managing partner of KPMG Ireland said: “Congratulations to our 14 new partners on their achievement. Their leadership and expertise will support our clients at a time of unprecedented change and complexity and their appointment highlights the great career opportunities for our people right across our business.” KPMG recorded turnover of €504m for the year ended 31 December 2021, a 16 per cent rise from the €434m recorded in 2020. Commenting on the firm’s ambition, Seamus Hand said: “The needs of our clients are becoming increasingly complex, specialist and diverse. Our commitment to them is to anticipate and provide the experience and expertise they need at every stage of their development and our new partners demonstrate these qualities and that commitment.”

The new partners are: Liam Cotter (Consulting), Hazel Cryan (Deal Advisory), James Delahunt (Deal Advisory), John Doran (Tax), Maria Flannery (Audit), Cian Kelliher (Consulting), Maurice McCann (Audit), Conor McCarthy (Consulting), John McGuckian (Audit), Sarah-Jane Naughton (Audit), Cormac O’Connor (Deal Advisory), Olive O’Donoghue (Tax), Keith Stafford (Audit) and Ciara Wrafter (Tax).

Meet Liam Cotter

Liam is a management consulting partner, who leads KPMG’s technology practice in Ireland. Liam has over 25 years of consulting experience providing advice and support in a wide range of areas including IT, strategic sourcing, digital transformation and data.

Meet Hazel Cryan

Hazel is a corporate finance partner who leads KPMG’s debt advisory team and has a background in general M&A and valuations. She supports clients in raising debt from both traditional and non-banking sources at home and abroad as well as reviewing overall funding structures and strategies.


Meet James Delahunt

James is a corporate finance partner specialising in M&A and financing transactions. James also co-leads the deal advisory work of KPMG Sustainable Futures, the firm’s dedicated ESG and renewable energy advisory practice. He has many years of experience in both international and domestic corporate finance deals across a range of sectors including having advised on over €3bn worth of energy transactions totalling over 3GW of assets.

Meet John Doran

John is a tax partner advising a broad range of Irish and international businesses. He has 20 years of experience across professional practice and industry roles and his clients include privately owned and multinational public companies.

Meet Maria Flannery

Maria is a partner in KPMG’s financial services group. She has extensive experience providing audit and advisory services to asset managers and investment vehicles in multiple jurisdictions, with a particular focus on ETFs, UCITS and AIFs.

Meet Cian Kelliher

Cian is a management consulting partner with over 17 years of advisory experience working with Irish and international businesses. He specialises in supporting clients with large-scale business transformation, digital and IT change, operating model design and programme delivery.

Meet Maurice McCann

Maurice is an audit partner working in the technology, media and healthcare sectors. Maurice’s clients include SEC registrants, Irish listed companies and fast-growing private companies.

Meet Conor McCarthy

Conor is a management consulting partner and leads KPMG’s People & Change practice in Ireland. He has extensive experience in leading organisational transformation programmes, with a particular focus on the people, change and culture change aspects of transformation.

Meet John McGuckian

John is a partner at KPMG specialising in audit and accounting advisory services, primarily to the banking and leasing sectors, with 13 years of experience working between London and Dublin on the audits of some of KPMG’s largest banking and leasing clients.

Meet Cormac O’Connor

Cormac is a partner in KPMG’s restructuring department with over 19 years of insolvency and restructuring advisory experience. Cormac has acted as receiver and liquidator to a wide range of companies including regulated entities in the financial services sector.

Meet Olive O’Donoghue

Olive is a tax partner within KPMG’s People Services tax practice specialising, in particular, in employment tax and executive reward structuring. She has extensive experience across a wide range of sectors including the aviation, motor, banking and pharmaceutical industries with a particular focus on assisting clients with Revenue audits and M&A activity.

Meet Keith Stafford

Keith is a partner in KPMG’s audit practice specialising in IT audit, having previously worked in KPMG’s consulting group for over 10 years. His clients include Irish and multinational public companies and privately owned groups.

Meet Ciara Wrafter

Ciara is a tax partner advising a diverse range of Irish headquartered and multinational clients on all aspects of tax. She has a particular focus on the insurance, renewable energy and alternative investment sectors.

Meet Sarah-Jayne Naughton

Sarah-Jayne is a partner in KPMG’s audit practice. She has over 15 years of experience providing a wide range of audit, assurance and advisory services to both listed and privately owned Irish and international clients across multiple sectors.

Find out more about KPMG’s new partners here.