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60 Seconds with Anne-Maree Keane, KPMG Deal Advisory Transaction Services Partner

by InFinance | 17 May 2017

We've read your title, now tell us how you would describe what you ACTUALLY do to a friend at a BBQ?

I help clients with their financial due diligence requirements in relation to buying and selling businesses and raising capital to provide an independent perspective – this helps them, their boards and other stakeholders make informed decisions regarding their deal activities.   

#6 Anne-Maree Keane

What's the biggest factor that's shaping your industry right now?

There are so many things happening in professional services right now and in my clients’ industries – too many to list out!  However if I had to pick only one I would say we are constantly innovating to deliver more valuable insights, however we still need to retain all of the good communication skills our clients like when we help them with difficult problems – trust is at the core of the relationship.  It’s still a people business even if we can automate more behind the scenes.

What led you to pursue your career path in the first place and can you remember where and when the light bulb came on?

I always loved numbers, combined with figuring out what makes businesses work (or not work) so deals are a natural fit for me.  I’ve been this way for as long as I can remember, however this all came together when I completed by Graduate Diploma in Finance and Investment and joined the Securities Institute (now FINSIA) back in 2001.  I was appointed to the Queensland Regional Council for FINSIA in 2016 and now I can share my experiences with the broader membership and take a leadership role in the industry.

To what extent have your career goals changed/remained the same?

They have always been fairly consistent – do my best and make a difference.  As a Deal Advisory Partner at KPMG and a leader of a team I get to do this every day.

What is the one thing you would have done differently in hindsight getting to where you are now?

I absolutely would have asked for help a lot more.  I probably spent some of the early days of having management and leadership responsibilities too focused on proving myself and less on learning from others who went before me.  I have found in recent years that there are so many “mentor figures” who will go out of their way to help and give you good advice – you just need to ask.

Who is your most influential or inspirational professional influence and why?

There are so many influential thought leaders out there and many of them are very visible on social media these days.  Bill and Melinda Gates are fantastic in terms of sharing stories not only of success but also of the challenges in the world and how they are helping.  But, back to business for a moment, this is a great quote from Bill Gates which highlights the importance of this time:

“This is a fantastic time to be entering the business world, because business is going to change more in the next 10 years than it has in the last 50.”

Isn’t it exciting?


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