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KPMG spearheads future mobility work with new senior appointments

KPMG has made two senior appointments within its mobility practice as it reports growing demand for its services.

Dr Sarah Owen-Vandersluis, partner and new UK head of mobility 2030

The professional services firm has appointed Dr Sarah Owen-Vandersluis as its UK head of future mobility, and Edwin Kemp as UK head of automotive strategy, with immediate effect.

Owen-Vandersluis is a strategy partner within the firm’s Infrastructure Advisory Group and previously led the firm’s UK public sector mobility practice, advising transport authorities on the future of mobility. She succeeds Charlie Simpson brings more than 20 years of experience advising organisations on strategic options, business cases for new initiatives, diversification of income streams and development of partnerships between the public and private sector. Prior to joining KPMG, she worked for Ford Motor Company in the US and UK.

Kemp is an associate director within the firm’s Mobility 2030 practice and has over 11 years of experience advising clients across a diverse range of sectors. Over the last few years, his focus has been on advising clients on the financial, business model and operating model implications of future mobility, mainly in the automotive, energy, logistics and infrastructure sectors. He also specialises in growth strategy, deal strategy and enterprise-wide strategy. In his new role he’ll work with both Owen-Vandersluis and Andrew Burn, who leads the Automotive practice for KPMG in the UK.

Edwin Kemp, associate director and new UK head of automotive strategy at KPMG

Sarah Owen-Vandersluis said: “The future of mobility is fundamentally changing the way goods and people move, and breaking down sector barriers to drive new forms of collaboration. This change is being accelerated as technology evolves and government’s decarbonisation targets draw closer. If anything, we believe that Covid-19 will accelerate previous trends towards digitisation, customer-centricity and zero-carbon.”

Edwin Kemp added: “The issues and challenges surrounding the automotive industry and future mobility more broadly are evolving both in the UK and globally. I’m looking forward to helping clients understand these challenges and strategically navigate them to keep pace with the rate of change we’re seeing.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.