NEW YORK: Communications and digital chief Chris Monteiro left MasterCard after 18 years to join KPMG on Wednesday as chief communications officer.
Monteiro is responsible for developing a proactive, strategic communications agenda to support the overall objectives of the audit, tax, and advisory firm and its leadership, KPMG said in a statement.
Monteiro and his team are managing media relations, issues and crisis management, leadership communications, corporate reputation, internal communications, and digital and social communications for KPMG.
Monteiro was not immediately available for comment.
He joined KPMG from MasterCard, where he most recently served as chief communications and digital marketing officer, leading globally integrated communications programs designed to drive the company’s business performance and reputation.
"For the past six years, [Monteiro] led the communications team, helping us be seen as a company that’s making a difference," Seth Eisen, MasterCard’s senior business leader for external communications, said via email. "We wish [Monteiro] much luck and success in his new role."
Eisen declined to comment on whether the company will replace Monteiro.
MasterCard’s communications team will continue to report to chief marketing and communications officer Raja Rajamannar, Eisen said.
Prior to joining MasterCard in 1998, Monteiro was VP of PR for the Sherry Group for four years. Earlier in his career, he worked at ESPN and at the University of Connecticut. Monteiro was ranked number 35 on PRWeek’s Power List last year.
Last year, MasterCard’s Andrew Bowins shifted into the role of SVP of corporate reputation and engagement as part of the company’s communications realignment. Bowins, who joined MasterCard in June 2011 as SVP of corporate and digital communications, said at the time that the reorganization reflected the company’s focus on influencer engagement. A few months later, Bowins left MasterCard for a role as Samsung’s head of corporate communications for subsidiary Samsung Electronics America.