Paul Sawdon has been appointed as the head of KPMG UK’s internal audit practice.
Sawdon, who has taken over from David Defoand, was previously the firms lead audit partner working on projects including the development of the firm’s extended assurance proposition. KPMG’s internal audit practice delivers audit plans and provides audit advice to the corporate, financial and public sectors.
KPMG said Sawdon’s appointment mirrors its strategy to reinvest in the internal audit marketplace. In the past year four directors have been recruited from outside the firm.
“Economic fragility, threats to data security, business continuity and the pace of global change are just a few reasons why assurance has never been more on the minds of company boards. Effective internal audit is a critical component of any assurance programme. It is vital that companies’ risk and assurance activities are joined up and that the work of their internal audit team links to the real issues that the organisation faces,” Sawdon said.