KPMG strengthens senior Advisory team with five new partners

20 December 2021 3 min. read
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KPMG Lower Gulf has in the past weeks appointed five new partners in its Advisory division, three of which have been promoted internally.

Carlos Mendes joins KPMG as a partner in KPMG’s infrastructure & real estate Advisory team, based in Abu Dhabi. He brings over 23 years of experience, gained both in industry as well as in consulting, having worked across Europe, Africa, Asia and America.

Carlos most recently worked for MVW Lechtenberg & Partners, a Germany-based consulting company specialising in the sustainable use of alternative energies. Prior to that, he spent nearly eight years at strategy consulting firm McKinsey & Company, over a decade at InterCement, one of the world’s largest cement manufacturers, and two years at TPF Planege, an engineering consulting company. 

Carlos Mendes, Chucrallah Haddad, James Crudgington, Jawad Shafique, Mohamad Majid - KPMG

Chucrallah Haddad brings close to 25 years of experience in strategy consulting to KPMG’s advisory arm, primarily gained at Booz & Company and Strategy& (following Booz’s rebranding). Latterly a lead partner at the firm, he specialised in supporting government clients with the design and delivery of national strategies and policies, in addition to transformation and restructuring plans for government entities.

Chucrallah left Strategy& in 2018, to support one of his key UAE government clients in an internal advisory role. Now returning to the consulting industry, he will lead KPMG’s public sector advisory team, and will serve as a member of KPMG’s Advisory Leadership Team in the Lower Gulf. 

Following 14 years with KPMG’s UK Energy Transactions team, James Crudgington moved to the Middle East in April 2021 to continue to support the region’s largest energy clients. Whilst based in Abu Dhabi, James supports clients across the Middle East with their domestic and international M&A agendas. 

His experience extends across the oil & gas, power & utilities, renewables, and chemicals sub-sectors, where he has assisted clients in executing some of the largest and most complex transactions and processes in the industry, from buy-side, sell-side, joint venture and capital markets perspectives.

Jawad Shafique is a senior member of KPMG’s Deal Advisory practice, with over a decade of experience in transactions and deals. He specialises in advising clients on buy-side and sell-side due diligence, leveraged buyout transactions, carve outs, performance improvement engagements, integration, valuations, deal negotiations and closing. He has advised some of the largest institutional investors and private equity firms on landmark deals, both in the region and globally.

His track record spans clients across sectors, including financial services, manufacturing, real estate, healthcare, telecom, retail and consumer goods. During his fifteen-plus years at KPMG, Jawad has worked across the Middle East, Europe and Africa. 

Mohamad Majid started his journey with KPMG in Portugal, having previously worked as an internal transformation consultant at Portugal Telecom. In 2014, he joined the Lower Gulf (UAE and Oman) team, where he played a major role in developing KPMG’s digital strategy and technology capabilities. 

Mohamad works with senior executives in the telecommunications, oil & gas, transportation, education, healthcare and public sectors on tech-driven innovation and change. He specialises in digital strategy, technology delivery models, service design, smart cities and customer experience.

Commenting on the appointments, Nader Haffar, Chairman and CEO at KPMG Lower Gulf said: “We are delighted to strengthen our Advisory partnership with Carlos, Chucrallah, James, Jawad and Mohamad. They each bring valuable and unique skills to our senior team, and we look forward to working with them at an exciting time of growth for the firm.”