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Paul Dunne - KPMG Ireland

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KPMG Signs Rising Irish Golf Star Paul Dunne

Dunne to join Phil Mickelson and Stacy Lewis as Brand Ambassador for KPMG

DUBLIN, IRELAND 10 February 2016: KPMG Ireland today announced a sponsorship agreement with Irish professional golfer Paul Dunne. The 23 year old from Greystones, Ireland will join five-time Major Champion Phil Mickelson and two-time LPGA Major Champion Stacy Lewis as a KPMG brand ambassador. Like his fellow ambassadors, Dunne will display the KPMG logo on the front of his cap as he competes in Ireland and around the world.

Since making the transition to the professional ranks in 2015, Dunne has already made an impression on the golf world, having led the Dunhill Links in his first event as a professional last year. In 2016, he earned a top 10 finish on the European Tour at the Jo'Burg Open and finished T13 in his PGA TOUR debut at the 2016 Farmers Insurance Open. These professional achievements have been watched closely since he became a global media sensation last summer when the Irishman first captured the world's attention.

Paul became the first amateur in 88 years to lead the Open Championship after 54 holes, teeing off alongside Louis Oosthuizen in the final group. He went on to represent Great Britain & Ireland in the Walker Cup, helping them to a win over the USA. Dunne earned his European Tour Card and spot in the 2016 Race to Dubai in the final stages of Qualifying School last November. Before becoming one of the top emerging young players in the world, Dunne graduated with a degree in Business Finance from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA.

Shaun Murphy, KPMG Managing Partner in Ireland and Lead Director of the KPMG International Board said; “Paul Dunne is a tremendous young golfer. Our sponsorship with Paul reflects our passion for investing in young Irish talent. We applaud his commitment and skill and look forward to working with Paul.”

“We are excited to enter into this relationship with Paul,” said John Veihmeyer, Chairman of KPMG International. “We believe that Paul’s passion for the game and maturity make him a natural fit to represent KPMG.”

KPMG and Paul Dunne will launch their relationship at the PGA TOUR’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Speaking on the eve of this launch and shortly before his 3rd PGA TOUR start, Paul said:

”I am very honoured to be associated with a brand like KPMG as I compete internationally on the European and PGA TOURs. It is an honour to join Phil Mickelson and Stacy Lewis as a fellow KPMG ambassador, two players whom I greatly admire and I look forward to learning from them as I embark on my professional career.”

For more information, contact:
David Deighan, Head of Communications, KPMG Ireland
david.deighan@kpmg.ie
+353 (1) 410 2371

For more information about KPMG’s golf platform, please visit: www.kpmg.com/golf

About KPMG in Ireland

KPMG in Ireland employs 2,200 people across its audit, tax and advisory services from offices in Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Galway. KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services.

About KPMG International

KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. We operate in 155 countries and have more than 174,000 people working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.

Klara Spilkova - KPMG Czech Republic

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Klára Spilková was born December 15, 1994 in Pague Czech Republic. As an amateur, she won a number of significant tournaments and was crowned the Czech Republic‘s Golf Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010. Then, as a permanent member of the Czech National Golf Team, she won both the International Championship of Austria and the Junior Championship of Germany in 2010.

2010 marked a turning point for Spilková; when as a 16-year old she gained her player card for the Ladies European Tour, thus becoming the youngest participant in the tour’s modern history. The following year, Spilková ranked within the top five of the Rolex Rookie of the Year competition after three top 10 finishes. She has continued to play well, racking up an additional top 10 finish since 2013 and finishing the 2015 LET season ranked 21st in points.

In 2016, Spilková was granted an exemption to the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship marking her third career LPGA major championship. Later that summer, she represented the Czech Republic and finished T-48 at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This event was the first time golf was played at the Games since 1904.

KPMG has sponsored Spilková since the spring of 2016. Her other partners include Volvo, Bogner, Titleist and others.

Ólafía Kristinsdóttir - KPMG Iceland

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KPMG SIGNS RISING ICELANDIC GOLF STAR ÓLAFÍA KRISTINSDÓTTIR

Kristinsdóttir to join Stacy Lewis and Mariah Stackhouse as LPGA Tour Brand Ambassadors

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND / ORLANDO, January 19 - KPMG Iceland today announced a global sponsorship agreement with Icelandic professional golfer Ólafía Kristinsdóttir. The 24-year old from Reykjavik will join two-time LPGA major champion Stacy Lewis, ranked 14 th in the world, and rising star Mariah Stackhouse as a KPMG brand ambassador. Like her fellow ambassadors, Kristinsdóttir will display the KPMG logo on the front of her cap as she competes on the LPGA Tour in 2017.

Kristinsdóttir earned her LPGA Tour card for the 2017 season by finishing in 2 nd place at the final stage of LPGA Qualifying School in early December. In the process, she became the first Icelander to secure full-time status on the LPGA Tour. Her week was highlighted by a 2 nd round 66, and her impressive play continued through the weekend to finish one-stroke away from victory. A local star in Iceland, she had the largest galleries of the week, many of whom where Iceland natives who had made the trip to the United States to cheer on Ólafía.

“Ólafía is truly a trailblazer for Iceland and someone that young golfers, and athletes in general, look up to you,” said Jón S Helgason, Senior Partner of KPMG Iceland. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to support her career and look forward to seeing great things from her in the years to come, both on and off the course as a golf ambassador for KPMG Iceland.”

Kristinsdóttir shared, “I am honoured to be sponsored by such a prestigious firm like KPMG. They have shown a great commitment to elevating women’s golf, and I cannot wait to represent them, and my country Iceland, as I embark on my professional career on the LPGA Tour.”

KPMG’s brand ambassadors in golf include Phil Mickelson, Stacy Lewis, Mariah Stackhouse, Paul Dunne, Klara Spilkova, and Ólafía Kristinsdóttir. KPMG is also the title sponsor of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

Ólafía Kristinsdóttir’s Accomplishments
As an amateur, Ólafía Kristinsdóttir was an accomplished junior golfer in her home country, winning several junior tournaments and culminated by being named the “Most Talented Icelandic Women Golfer” in 2009. Kristinsdóttir was also the 2011, 2014 and 2016 Icelandic Champion and is a five-time Icelandic Golfer of the Year, most recently in 2016. This December she was 3 rd in the voting of 2016 Icelandic Athlete of the Year.

After completing her collegiate golf career at Wake Forest University in 2014, Ólafía turned professional in September of that year. A T25 finish at the 2015 Lalla Aicha Tour Qualifying Final Round earned her full playing privileges on the Ladies European Tour for the 2016 season. Her rookie season was highlighted by a T16 at the Tipsport Golf Masters and T26 at the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open.

For more information, contact:
Jón S. Helgason
KPMG Iceland
jhelgason@kpmg.is
+354 5456046

For more information, please visit: www.kpmg.com/is or www.kpmg.com/golf

About KPMG in Iceland
KPMG is one of the world’s leading professional services firms, providing innovative business solutions and audit, tax, and advisory services to many of the world’s largest and most prestigious organizations.

In Iceland KPMG is the largest of the Big Four professional services firm and is widely recognized for being a great place to work and build a career. Our people share a sense of purpose in the work we do, and a strong commitment to the community, diversity and inclusion. We operate in 17 offices around Iceland and have 270 people working around the country.

Learn more at www.kpmg.is.

KPMG ehf., an Icelandic private limited liability company and a member firm of KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”). KPMG International’s independent member firms have 189,000 professionals, including more than 9,000 partners, in 152 countries.

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