John has a vast amount of experience in the tech industry and currently holds the responsibility of ensuring that the technology strategy in KPMG provides member firms with the internal and client-facing capabilities required to enable a high-performance culture and exceptional client service delivery.
Anthony O’Callaghan it@cork chairman and CIO of Carbery Group will be talking to John to find out more about his career, his views on technology trends and his recommendations for those wanting to follow in his footsteps.
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John Applegate is the Global Chief Information Officer for KPMG. As Global CIO, he partners with KPMG global executive leadership to ensure that the technology strategy provides KPMG member firms with the internal and client-facing capabilities required to enable a high performance culture and exceptional client service delivery.
Having spent more than 20 years leading international technology initiatives (including eight years in EMA and two years in Asia Pacific), John has developed a deep understanding of the issues and opportunities within a complex, matrixed global organization.
John joined KPMG Consulting in 1997 and was responsible for the Consulting Integration practice of the mid- and southwest regions. He was then appointed as the organizational lead for Consulting Integration and, as such, was asked to participate in a review of KPMG’s worldwide internal IT functions. The outcome of the review was a decision to create KPMG’s first global technology platform to provide services to all member firms.
When KPMG Consulting was spun off as Bearing Point, he joined KPMG International and led the initiative to implement that global platform. In the subsequent years with KPMG International, John led a series of initiatives that have increased the global consistency of technology at KPMG.
Most recently, John led his team in the development and deployment of KPMG’s first global cloud platform, laying the foundation for a widespread digital transformation strategy that is impacting all areas of the business. Today, the global technology organization continues to build upon that foundation, adding multi-cloud, cloud native development approaches, DevOps, security and data among other elements critical to a successful transformation.
Prior to joining KPMG, John owned and operated an IT consulting practice within the Dallas marketplace. One of his largest client accounts was Nokia, for which he acted as IT liaison between Nokia US and the Nokia head office in Finland. He holds a degree in Economics from Texas A&M University.