Westpac GC to join PwC Australia
Big four accounting firm PwC has appointed Westpac’s general counsel of litigation, regulatory investigations, and financial crime as its new GC, who will assume the role next year.
In a note sent to the firm’s partners yesterday (Monday, 27 November), PwC Australia chief executive Kevin Burrowes said that Kylie Gray (pictured) is set to be the new general counsel.
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She will transition into the role in 2024 under the guidance of acting GC Karen Evans-Cullen, who is a partner at Gilbert + Tobin and currently on secondment with PwC.
Ms Gray currently serves as the general counsel of litigation, regulatory investigations, and financial crime at Westpac Group and is the national chair of the Women of Westpac Employee Advocacy Group. She has also served the bank in various other senior legal and operations roles.
Additionally, she has worked as a senior lawyer at Woolworths (on secondment) and as a senior associate in M&A (technology and communications) at King & Wood Mallesons.
Mr Burrowes wrote: “I thank Karen for her outstanding contribution and wise counsel across the past six months – she stepped away from her firm and team to help us until we were able to find a permanent general counsel and has been an amazing addition to our firm. Karen will return to law firm Gilbert + Tobin once Kylie’s move is complete.”
“Our general counsel will continue to sit on our management leadership team to provide input on executive decisions. One of her first tasks will be to complete the ongoing assessment of the Office of the General Counsel function, which was initiated as part of the firm’s management response to Dr Ziggy Switkowski’s Independent Review of PwC Australia’s Governance, Culture and Accountability.”
Speaking about her new role, Ms Gray said: “I am thrilled to be joining PwC Australia at such an important time for the firm. Opportunities like this do not often arise, and I look forward to leading this crucial business unit as the firm seeks to re-earn and rebuild trust with its clients and stakeholders.”
“Considerable change has already occurred at the firm, but there is more to do, and I am excited to be a part of this new chapter.”