KPMG has invested in talent in Aberdeen as it prepares to open the doors to its prestigious new Marischal Square offices in the Granite City.

Despite the ongoing challenges of a local lockdown and wider economic uncertainty, the firm has reinforced its commitment to continue playing a central role in the success of Aberdeen, with three key promotions and recruitment processes underway for a number of new roles in the North-east.

In the firm’s audit team, Michelle Smarsh has been promoted to director, while Simon Smith becomes associate director in Restructuring and Armen Balasanyan has been promoted to audit manager.

Commenting on her promotion, audit director Michelle Smarsh said: “It’s been an incredibly challenging period for the Aberdeen economy, but we’ve proved time and again that the city and its businesses are incredibly resilient and always focused on long-term sustainability and growth. I’m proud to be a part of that story at KPMG, having transferred permanently to the UK after initially being seconded here from Canada. KPMG can trace its roots back to the north east of Scotland. We’re part of the fabric of the region and our new office, recruitment drive and promotions reaffirm that commitment.”

Senior partner in Aberdeen, Martin Findlay, added: “The CV19 pandemic has created profound challenges for our clients and the wider economy, which means our support and expertise is more needed than ever before. The lockdown has been tough on all colleagues so it is great to be able to announce the latest round of promotions which reinforces our commitment to invest in talent and serve the communities we’re part of across the country.

“From the Job Retention Scheme to restructuring support to M&A activity, businesses are looking for expert advice than can help them get through the immediate crisis and focus on long-term sustainable growth. I’m confident KPMG has the right team in place to enable this to happen and get the resilient Aberdeen economy back on track.”

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