By Michael Foster, Big4.com Blogger
KPMG has announced that David McCorquodale will replace Helen Dickinson at KPMG’s joint venture, KPMG/Ipsos Retail Think Tank. McCorquodale previously was head of retail at KPMG UK and oversees KPMG’s retail practice throughout the country.
McCorquodale has been with KPMG since 1984 and has focused on KPMG European and UK retail transactions and restructuring. Additionally, David founded the Big4 firm’s corporate finance business and has worked on divestitutres, acquisitions, and fund raising for public and private companies.
The promotion is a logical next step for McCorquodale after decades of work in the retail space. He was quoted in a statement as saying that he plans to focus on the challenges of the current European economy puts in front of retailers. “I am delighted to join the RTT, which has a strong reputation for providing insight into the pertinent issues facing the retail sector today. Retailers are servicing a consumer that does not have the confidence to spend like they did five years ago. In addition, they are having to tackle many other challenges in an increasingly competitive environment,” he said.
McCorquodale’s predecessor, Dickinson, has left the firm to work at the British Retail Consortium as that group’s Director General. On her move, Ipsos Retail Performance Head and co-founder of the RTT said “her vision, enthusiasm and hard work [were crucial] in making the RTT the respected body it is today and wish her well as the next Director General of the British Retail Consortium.”