He is responsible for a team of more than 1,300 people across KPMG’s offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, with a remit to drive the firm’s growth in Scotland.
He replaces Catherine Burnet – who became KPMG’s head of UK audit in May – and will work closely with Aberdeen office senior partner, Martin Findlay. Kergon will also continue in his role as the firm’s Scottish head of deal advisory, advising businesses and investors on transactions.
Kergon joined KPMG as a graduate in Glasgow 23 years ago, qualifying in 2001 before moving from audit to transaction services in 2003.
Chris Hearld, head of regions at KPMG in the UK, said: “James’ leadership of our Glasgow office and Scottish deal advisory team make him perfectly suited to support our clients as the pace of Scotland’s economic recovery from Covid-19 accelerates.”
Kergon added: “I am incredibly proud to have the opportunity to lead KPMG in Scotland. I have worked closely with and learnt a lot from my predecessors in the role and look forward to building on the firm’s strong heritage in Scotland and empowering the exceptional people that underpin our success.”