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Karen Vangyia Named Managing Partner of KPMG's St. Louis Office

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 9, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm, has named Karen Vangyia as Managing Partner of its St. Louis office, effective October 1.

In her new role, Vangyia will be responsible for the strategic direction and growth of the St. Louis office and in continuing to make KPMG a great place to build a career. She most recently served KPMG as leader of its advisory practice in St. Louis. She joined the firm's St. Louis office in 1996 and was named a partner in 2005. Vangyia succeeds Jerry Carlson, who has been named Managing Partner of KPMG's Washington D.C. office.

"Karen brings significant advisory and leadership experience to this role, and has a proven track record of assisting many Fortune 1000 companies in supporting their growth agendas," said Robert Arning, KPMG's Vice Chair of Market Development. "We wish her well in her new managing partner role and know that she is committed to ensuring our firm continues to deliver high-quality service to our clients in this very important market."

Vangyia has served clients covering a wide range of industries including life sciences, manufacturing, healthcare, and insurance.

"Companies are seeking a competitive advantage that allows them to adapt and thrive in this dynamic environment," said Vangyia.

"I look forward to working with our partners and professionals to proactively deliver insights that allow our clients to navigate today's business realities."

Jerry Carlson has served as KPMG's St. Louis office partner since 2008. "It has been my privilege to serve the St. Louis market and to work with so many fine people and clients," said Carlson. "I know that I leave the office in good hands as Karen has contributed significantly to building a collaborative team focused on client service, supporting the community and growing our business."

Vangyia has strong ties to the community having served as one of the leaders of the local KPMG Network of Women Committee for the past six years and also lending her time to a number of civic organizations, including the United Way's Women's leadership giving cabinet.

She graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. She is a licensed CPA in Missouri.

About KPMG LLP

KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm (www.kpmg.com/us), is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"). KPMG International's member firms have 152,000 professionals, including more than 8,600 partners, in 156 countries.

CONTACT: Matthew Weiss KPMG LLP 201.307.8138 (office) mweiss@kpmg.comSource:KPMG LLP