KPMG appoints new transaction services director in the Granite City

Rob Aitken, KPMG new transaction services director in Aberdeen

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KPMG has announced the appointment of a new director in its Transaction Services team as it eyes post-lockdown growth across its Scottish offices.

Rob Aitken will be based at the firm’s new city centre offices in Aberdeen, providing support to a range of clients including energy firms as they navigate their way through the region’s transition towards a low-carbon economy.

With almost 20 years’ experience, Rob joins KPMG from PwC in Aberdeen.

Commenting on his appointment, Rob said: “I’m delighted to join KPMG’s team in Aberdeen at a time when transaction activity is anticipated to be at the forefront of economic recovery.

“The team has a high-quality client base and wide network, benefitting from KPMG’s global reach and capability while retaining a focus on local businesses.

“Oil and gas and energy services will remain critical to the Scottish economy for decades to come but on a path that embraces the goal of net zero and carbon neutrality; the entrepreneurial spirit of the North East will be critical to this success.

“Scotland is fortunate to have a wide mix of business across several sectors and it is exciting to work across these as we return to a growth economy.”

Martin Findlay, KPMG’s senior partner in Aberdeen, commented: “It is great having Rob on board as we look forward to increasing levels of transactional activity with businesses positioning themselves for the post-Covid new reality. 

“The twin forces of energy transition and hybrid working is already having an impact on the business strategies of corporates. 

“Rob’s experience in advising the service sector and upstream companies puts him in an ideal position to add value to corporate transactions as corporates look to build their portfolios via acquisitions as well as making some strategic divestments. 

“It is great to have Rob join our Aberdeen leadership team, at a time when we are all looking forward to receiving the full benefits of our move to our new Marischal Square office, at the same time as embracing hybrid working and getting the best of both worlds.  Rob joins at a really exciting time for us.”  

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