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First woman on KPMG board

RUTH ANDERSON yesterday became the first woman to be appointed to the board of the accounting firm KPMG in its 131-year history. Ms Anderson has been promoted to the post of partner and will play a part in shaping KPMG's future strategy.

The 44-year-old, who has worked with KPMG for 21 years and headed the group's tax practice in the South-east, said her success was partly owed to being in the "right place at the right time."

She is among six new partners to be promoted to the 18-member board, which is the youngest in KPMG's history, with an average age of 47.