Martijn Verbree has been named as its new National Cyber lead, and the company also appointed three new Cyber partners to the firm: Stuart Mort, Natasha Passley and Gergana Winzer.
Verbree will be responsible for the firm's fast-growing cyber team, which provides specialist services to clients across a wide variety of industries. He replaces Gordon Archibald, who is taking on the new role of Cyber Futures and Technology lead.
Gordon Archibald will drive cyber strategy development, innovation and thought leadership. He will also be responsible for directing investment to next-generation technology solutions and services, focusing on accelerating the development of services across digital, platform, data analytics and AI.
Martijn Verbree returned to KPMG Australia from KPMG UK in January this year, where he led the cyber security team in the Corporates Consulting group, focusing on delivering cyber and risk transformations for some of the firm's largest clients. He has more than two decades of experience as a technology and cyber security leader. Previously, he worked for KPMG Australia, leading a specialist group of cyber security professionals, and was European director for Australian startup Localz between 2014 and 2016.
"I'm thrilled to step into this important role in one of the priority investment areas of the firm, at a time when Cyber continues to top [the] challenges list at board rooms across the country," Verbree says.
"Over 100 new Cyber team members have joined this fast-growing team in the last six months. As well as bringing together the diverse ranges of competencies across the firm, my goal will be to evolve our whole-of-firm approach to cyber, drawing upon the large range of expertise within KPMG.
"We are delighted to be adding some exemplary leaders to our Cyber team, which now numbers 14 partners and hundreds of specialists, and we expect to continue to grow our team through 2022."