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Dennis T. Whalen

Dennis T. Whalen

KPMG Board Leadership Center
Partner in Charge & Leader
New York, NY, USA

Dennis Whalen is the Leader of the KPMG Board Leadership Center, which champions outstanding governance to help drive long-term corporate value and enhance investor confidence. Through an array of programs and perspectives—including KPMG’s Audit Committee Institute, Private Markets Governance, the WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation, and more—the Center engages with directors and business leaders to help articulate their challenges and promote continuous improvement. Drawing on insights from KPMG professionals and governance experts worldwide, the Center delivers actionable thought leadership—on risk and strategy, talent and technology, globalization and compliance, financial reporting and audit quality, and more—all through a board lens.. Dennis is a frequent speaker on board governance and audit committee issues.    

With over 30 years of public accounting experience, Dennis has served several of KPMG’s top clients, has led KPMG’s audit practices in Houston and Kansas City, and has represented the Audit practice on a cross-functional team of senior partners focused on making strategic investments for the Firm and driving innovation into its businesses. He also has served as a member of the Firm’s U.S. and Americas Boards of Directors, including serving as Chair of the Audit, Finance & Operations Committee.

Professional Experience

Dennis currently serves as the global lead partner for Pfizer Inc. Dennis served as the lead partner on The Shaw Group, Inc., a global engineering, procurement and construction company and Halliburton Company, a global oilfield services company. 

Dennis served on the Firm’s US and Americas Boards of Directors from 2006 through 2011 and chaired the Board’s Audit, Finance & Operations Committee from 2010 through 2011. Dennis served as the Partner-in-Charge of the Houston Business Unit Audit Practice from 2003 through 2009.

From 1998 to 2002 Dennis was the lead partner on Koch Industries, Inc., and also led our Kansas City office’s Audit.  From 1995 to 1997 Dennis was seconded to Hong Kong to help KPMG meet the needs of GE and Pepsi as they expanded their operations the Asian marketplace. Prior to his secondment, Dennis played a lead role on the GE Company global audit based in Fairfield, CT. He joined KPMG in 1982 in Stamford, Connecticut and he was admitted to the Firm’s partnership in 1995.


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