New leadership at KPMG in Hungary

  • September 20, 2019
After 16 years at the helm, Robert Stöllinger, National Senior Partner, is stepping down, effective 30 September 2019. He will retire from KPMG on 31 December 2019.

As of 1 October 2019, Rezső Rózsai, the current head of the firm’s Audit practice will take over as National Senior Partner. Gábor Beer, who is currently managing the Tax and Legal practice, will step up as Head of the Advisory and become Deputy National Senior Partner.

Robert Stöllinger joined KPMG in 1992 and was appointed head of the Hungarian Audit practice in 2000. Since 2003, he has been the firm’s CEO, holding this position for 16 years. During that time, the KPMG’s Hungarian business grew from just 380 employees in 2003, to become a group with 1,300 employees, providing services to every major player in Hungarian economy.

Under his leadership, KPMG grew to become the largest of the Big 4 firms in Hungary.  Budapest now hosts a Digital Audit Centre, a global services center (KGSH) and KPMG's Global Sports Advisory practice.  All of these are unique within the KPMG global network.

KPMG’s now departing senior partner, Mr Stöllinger, also served as head of the Central European Audit practice until 2015, and from 2016 led the Hungarian Business Advisory practice.

“I have spent half of my life with this firm,” he recalled, “and as I depart, I feel I have enjoyed almost every minute here.”

“As a leader, one can easily fall into the trap of feeling irreplaceable, but at our organization that has not occurred. The years spent here have been fantastic and challenging, a time in which we have succeeded through a series of good decisions and recruiting and developing the right people.

“I've been planning retirement from KPMG for quite some time, and it was no question for me that there are capable successors at the firm who can be entrusted with its future leadership for a seamless transition,” said Mr Stöllinger.

“I wish Rezső, Gábor and all my colleagues every success!” he added.

New senior partner Rezső Rózsai began his career in 1997 at KPMG in Hungary. In the course of his dynamic career path, starting in 2002 he began working as a manager in Audit. He was selected for partnership in 2008 and head of Audit in 2014.

For the past 10 years, companies such as BMW, Continental, Graphisoft, Mercedes-Benz, SAP, Siemens and Zwack Unicum have been among Mr Rózsai’s clients. He has extensive experience in corporate restructuring, acquisitions-related financial and accounting advisory and IFRS conversions. Following his appointment as head of the firm, he will also continue to head KPMG in Hungary's Audit practice.

“I'll be taking over a solid and prosperous practice from Robert, from whom I've learned a great deal over the years,” said Mr Rózsai, KPMG’s new CEO. “It will be difficult to replace him, but we will work hard to build upon his legacy,”

Gábor Beer, who since 2014 has been the head of firm’s Tax and Legal Advisory practice, has been appointed head of Business Advisory. He has been involved in tax consulting since 1999, joining KPMG in 2000. Mr Beer specializes in tax matters in the real estate and industrial sectors, and has a wealth of experience in international tax matters, as well as being a renowned tax specialist in M&A.

"Under Robert’s leadership, the Advisory practice has been renewed, and every day I can see that the team is performing outstanding work," said Mr Beer, the new head of KPMG’s Advisory.