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Appointment of three Partners and three Directors within KPMG

Marco Vassallo, Simon Xuereb and Jonathan Dingli have been appointed as Partners while Adrienne McCarthy, Mark Curmi and Vanessa Borg have been appointed as Directors.

Marco Vassallo:
Marco joined KPMG in 1995 as a software programmer and, has been a driver in the evolution of IT Administration, IT Operations Management, IT Security & IT Strategy. During his progression towards the role of CIO, Marco planned and deployed numerous IT projects locally and also lead a number of large-scale deployment projects across other KPMG jurisdictions. Marco spearheaded a number of IT due diligence projects and lead the IT stream during the acquisition assignment of one of the top software development companies in Malta, followed by the establishment of their IT infrastructure and the adoption of KPMG’s IT policies, procedures and processes. Marco has now joined the advisory team bringing to the table a new service offering to the market, Custom Software Development via KPMG Software. This tech company offers expertise within the software development field across the whole project life cycle to clients from across the globe.

Simon Xuereb:
Simon, a lawyer, specialised in International Taxation and Law has led the ongoing development and broadening of KPMG in Malta’s Private Client and Global Mobility Services offering and today leads a multi-disciplinary team of professionals in this space. He is also actively involved in the development of this service offering at a global level for KPMG. He is a regular lecturer, examiner and supervisor on various tax related courses in Malta and abroad and has authored a number of papers in leading international publications.

Jonathan Dingli:
Jonathan leads the Accounting Advisory Services (AAS) unit, a unit he helped set up. Jonathan assists local and international clients across various industries with respect to IFRS advice and IFRS adoption, including first time adoption of IFRS and transitioning to new standards. During a term of office with the MIA technical department, he wrote a number of technical pronouncements on the application of IFRS to specific local circumstances and was responsible for the drafting of GAPSE. He has been specialising in IFRS since 2008; he has lectured on IFRS in various countries, ran various IFRS courses for KPMG and the MIA and has given presentations at various events and conferences. He lectures on advanced financial reporting in the Master in Accountancy post-graduate degree at the University of Malta.

Adrienne McCarthy:
Adrienne manages the firm’s internal HR team, focusing on attracting talented people to the firm and implementing important employee engagement strategies, which have played a key role in achieving the firms growth strategies. Since joining, Adrienne has led numerous projects in areas such as recruitment, engagement, management development and talent management. Adrienne is MSc qualified in Organisational Psychology with a BBS in Business Studies and has over 20 years global HR experience, having worked in 5 continents in a combination of HR consultancy and in-house HR roles. Adrienne’s personal drive and vision has been and continues to be about building a firm of talented people who enjoy working cohesively to achieve the Extraordinary.

Mark Curmi:
Mark is the industry specialist leading the Banking, Financial Institutions and VFA Advisory services arm of the Malta practice. He holds a Bachelors’ degree in Banking, with Honours in Management from the University of Malta, and has in excess of twelve years of local and international banking experience. Mark joined KPMG in 2014, to drive the Banking Service offering across Audit, Tax and Advisory within the firm.
His role within the firm is one of an industry specialist, which has seen him at the forefront of some major engagements, including advice with disposals and acquisitions of Banks and Financial Institutions, licencing of new Credit and Financial Institutions, ongoing regulatory advice and assistance, and, more recently assignments related to the emerging fields of financial technology, Coin Offerings and Virtual Currencies.
Mark represents the local practice at KPMG’s ECB Office in Frankfurt and forms part of KPMG’s Global DLT Working group.

Vanessa Borg:
Vanessa has taken up the role of Director, Strategy Advisory having joined the organisation in September 2018. She has direct experience of the challenges based by C-suite executives in growing their business and the acumen to engage in board level discussions, supporting them in their high level strategic decision making processes. Vanessa has been engaged on a number of international projects, as a Strategy Advisor within the Hospitality, Manufacturing, Education, Tourism, Information Technology, Communications, Retail, I-Gaming, Financial Services and Public sectors.

She has been active within the international management field for over 20 years, recently serving as a Chief Executive Officer within the insurance industry. During her tenure, the organisation transitioned back into profitability. Besides being engaged to provide strategic levels support, Vanessa has also assisted companies to improve their operational business model, in areas such as; planning, developing and implementing performance management systems that feed into succession planning and talent management, developing and assessing standard operating procedures, Executive recruitment and selection, coaching, employee engagement studies and analyses, quality audits, setting up knowledge management platforms, conducting training needs analysis and delivering tailor made training programmes.


New Economic Advisory Services Director for Grant Thornton Malta

Grant Thornton Malta is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel Gravino as Director for Economic Advisory Services. Daniel has joined the organisation in a newly created position within the Transaction Advisory Services division, as part of the firm’s efforts to expand its service offering for its local and foreign client base.

With extensive experience in economics and data analysis Daniel has the skills necessary to address pertinent issues facing business, government and financial institutions. His work spans several sectors including the public sector, financial services, real estate, health, transport and telecoms. He holds a Master of Science in Economics and Industrial Organisation from the University of Warwick and an MA in Economics from the University of Malta. Daniel is also currently reading for a PhD in Economics from Loughborough University.

Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Daniel was a Director at the Office for Competition, Head (Economic Research) at Malta Enterprise, and Senior Economist at the Economic Policy Department, Ministry for Finance. Daniel also occupied a number of advisory and consultancy roles. He was a member of the European Commission’s Working Group on the ‘Methodology to assess Lisbon-related structural reforms’; acted as advisor to the Office for Competition on mergers and competition practices; and served as consultant to the European Parliament on matters related to corporate tax avoidance. He is also a visiting assistant lecturer at the Economics department of the University of Malta.

Thanks to Grant Thornton’s combination of experienced people, sophisticated economic models, and access to the right data, the firm offers its clients an unbeatable problem-solving formula. On an international level Grant Thornton International is already broadly recognised as an undisputed leader in economic and data analysis. By combining its local team’s experience in economic advisory and access to a 135-global office network, the Malta firm aims to provide the most comprehensive economic and financial analysis of countries, regions, industries and markets.

Appointment of Director within Deloitte









In August 2018, Rosemary Amato took up the role of Director within the Risk Advisory function at Deloitte Malta.

Rosemary joined Deloitte 21 years ago – having previously occupied leadership roles in both the US firm and the Netherlands firm. She also served as the Managing Director of Deloitte’s Global Finance organisation, where she occupied the role of Controller for the EMEA region.

Throughout her years with Deloitte, Rosemary specialised in client service in the Risk Advisory practice across various industries – focusing mainly on Security & Controls within ERP apps, Master Data Management, IT audit, Internal Audit, GRC and Regulatory compliance (particularly FDA and GMP).

Rosemary also held the role of Risk Advisory Knowledge Management leader for two years, where she focused on enabling a knowledge sharing environment for the 12,000 Risk Advisory member firm professionals located throughout the world.

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