KPMG elevates comms head Maureen Davenport to partner

Davenport is a veteran of Fanie Mae, the National Association of Manufacturers and H+K.

Maureen Davenport, KPMG
Maureen Davenport, KPMG

WASHINGTON: Audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG has appointed chief communications officer Maureen Davenport as a partner.

Davenport was promoted at the start of last month; she reports to U.S. chairman and CEO Paul Knopp and oversees 70 staffers.

The elevation of Davenport to partner signals the strategic importance and value of KPMG’s corporate communications function to the firm and its long-term commitment to the group, the company said in a statement.

“The [corporate comms] group overall and my role as we truly modernize and transform what comms is and does and the value we provide is expanding,” she said. “That is happening in terms of the work we are doing and the results we are getting, and we will do more of that with the extended role with me as a partner of the firm.”

Davenport joined KPMG in its top comms position in February 2019. She replaced former KPMG CCO Chris Monteiro, who left the company three months earlier.

As well as leading communications during a pandemic, Davenport has also helped to guide the company through a leadership transition as Knopp replaced Lynne Doughtie as CEO just a few months after Davenport started at the advisory firm.

Before joining KPMG, Davenport was SVP and chief communications officer at Fannie Mae, SVP of comms for the National Association of Manufacturers and SVP of the technology practice at Hill+Knowlton Strategies.

KPMG is a professional services firm, providing audit, tax, and advisory services to large organizations. The company has more than 35,000 staffers in the U.S.

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