John B. Veihmeyer is Chairman and CEO of KPMG in the United States and Chairman of KPMG across the Americas, which includes South America, Central America and Canada. Before becoming U.S. Chairman and CEO, over the course of his 35-year career at KPMG, he held a series of key leadership positions, including U.S. Deputy Chairman, member of the KPMG Board of Directors, Global Head of Risk Management & Regulatory, Managing Partner for the Mid-Atlantic area, and Managing Partner in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Veihmeyer has been honored for his business leadership and serves on numerous boards. Since 2009, he has been named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting by Accounting Today magazine, and over the last several years was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Corporate Governance by Directorship Magazine. Mr. Veihmeyer is a member of the Governing Board for the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) and is also a board member of the U.S.-India Business Council. He is a member of the Business Roundtable, the British American Business International Advisory Board, the Partnership for New York City, and the Business Advisory Council of the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College. He previously served on the SEC’s Advisory Committee on Smaller Public Companies.
Among his many community and philanthropic activities, he is a member of the Executive Committee of the Business-Higher Education Forum, and serves as Chair of CEOs Against Cancer in New York. He is a board member of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy and of Catalyst, Inc. whose mission is to expand opportunities for women and business. He previously served on the St. Mary’s College Board of Trustees. John is a member of the Kennedy Center’s Corporate Fund Board and previously chaired the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, and served on the Executive Committee of the boards of the Federal City Council and the Greater Washington Board of Trade.
Mr. Veihmeyer also is an active champion of KPMG’s Family for Literacy, a program that provides children in need the opportunity to read and own their first new books. Over the past five years, KPMG has distributed over 2 million new books throughout the United States.
A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Mr. Veihmeyer speaks often about the critical role of ethics and integrity in business leadership, as well as the importance of diversity. In 2011, he received the CEO Leadership Award from Diversity Best Practices for his commitment to diversity.