Arun M Kumar serves as Chairman & CEO of KPMG in India. In this capacity he leads a large organization of thousands of talented professionals constituting the second-largest firm, in terms of employee strength, within KPMG globally.
Arun serves on KPMG’s Global Board. KPMG in India is engaged in serving the country’s largest companies and global corporations and funds who operate in India. Significantly, KPMG in India is engaged in every one of the Government of India’s priority development programmes and works with a number of Indian states in many areas of economic development, especially in enhancing investment and supporting urbanization.
Arun previously served in President Obama’s Administration as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets and Director General of the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service. As one of the United States’ senior commercial diplomats, leading a team of 1700 professionals in 78 countries and all the 50 states, he worked to promote U.S. exports, inward foreign direct investment and enhanced market access around the world. He was a key architect of the U.S.-India Strategic & Commercial Dialogue launched in 2015. Among the initiatives he championed was the establishment of the Commercial Diplomacy Institute, housed in the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Prior to his nomination by President Obama, he served in KPMG LLP. Based in Silicon Valley, he served on the firm’s Board of Directors and led the firm’s Management Consulting practice in the West, serving high technology corporations globally. He also founded the firm’s U.S.-India practice.
Arun was born in Mavelikkara, Kerala. His parents were the late Mr. B. Madhavan Nair, who retired from the India Meteorological Department, and Mrs. Kamala Pandalai. They lived in Jawahar Nagar where Mr. Nair was a founding father of Prathibha Poshini, a school for underprivileged students in Trivandrum. Arun lives with his wife Poornima in Mumbai. They have two sons: Ashvin and Vikram. Ashvin is married to Melisa Shah. They live in Atlanta with their children Amartya Zaran, Saira Sarojini and Ishan. Vikram lives in Sterling, Virginia with his wife Monisha Batra.
After his schooling at Lawrence School, Lovedale, he graduated in Physics from University College, Trivandrum of the University of Kerala.
After working for 5 years with TAS (then known as the Tata Administrative Service), when he worked directly for Mr. Ratan Tata, Arun went to MIT’s Sloan School of Management to earn a master’s in management in 1980.
He is the author of two books of poetry, “Plain Truths”, published in 2010 by Current Books, and “Mantram Beach”, published in 2020 by the Aleph Book Company.
He has a book, The Changing Global Trade Paradigm, due for publication by Harper Collins in early 2021. Pursuing his interests in the advancement of his home state of Kerala, Arun previously co-edited “Kerala’s Economy: Crouching Tiger, Sacred Cows,” published in 2007 by DC Books.
Arun is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, New York. He chairs the India Advisory Council of the US India Business Council. He has formerly been a member of advisory councils at Stanford University and the University of California, Santa Cruz. An early Charter Member of TiE Silicon Valley, he also served on its Board.