Carl Carande

U.S. Vice Chair, Advisory, KPMG LLP
and Global Head of Advisory,
KPMG International Limited

Honoree Year: 2021

Alma Mater:

California State University, Northridge

David Nazarian College of Business and Economics

United States

Area of Impact:

Financial Services

Carl Carande serves as KPMG’s global head of advisory and vice chair of advisory in the U.S., overseeing a full line of services including digital transformation, operations, risk, data, and people.

An influential advocate for the power of a diverse workforce to serve and elevate his firm’s clients and employees, Carande has long made recruiting at the highly diverse California State University, Northridge (CSUN), a top priority. This connection also gives CSUN students valuable social mobility opportunities that drive their own personal and economic success.

Carande visits campus to share his own story with students and provide guidance in the skills, behaviors, and attitudes that drive success. As an alumnus and someone who has experienced some of the same challenges students face, he inspires and encourages students to believe success is possible, regardless of their circumstance—and sometimes, because of their circumstances.

Under Carande’s leadership, KPMG’s advisory business has become the firm’s fastest-growing practice, outpacing its hallmark audit and tax practices. To enhance what he believes to be the firm’s most valuable asset, Carande has placed significant priority on the career development of KPMG’s advisory professionals. Under his leadership, KPMG has been on Consulting Magazine's list of Best Firms to Work For three straight years. Carande has also been named one of the magazine's Top 25 Consultants for excellence in client service, and recently he was named in Business Insider’s 2020 Power Players in Consulting.

Upon graduation from CSUN’s Nazarian College of Business and Economics, Carande joined Bank of America, eventually serving as global director of corporate cash management, pricing, and analysis. In the intervening 30-plus years, Carande has become highly regarded for his expertise in financial services and consulting. However, he is equally respected for his kindness, sense of humor, and focus on creating an inclusive, innovative, and supportive environment that makes people at every level want to work with him.

In addition to providing mentoring and networking opportunities to Nazarian College’s 7,000 business students, Carande is an important donor to the college. He has generously provided financial support and advocated for KPMG to provide significant financial and human resources, as well. Carande established an endowment to fund co-curricular programs that showcase emerging technologies and how they impact various industries, and has facilitated the participation of industry experts in these programs. This endowment empowers the college to be nimble and responsive to students’ educational and career development needs and has made students extremely competitive in the job market.

Carande also created the Carande Family Faculty Fellowships to reward faculty who inspire and motivate students to innovate and achieve. In the highly competitive Los Angeles market, this support is critical to the college’s ability to recruit and retain top faculty. Carande has helped shape the educational experience and marketability of thousands of students by highlighting emerging skills and technologies, while rewarding faculty who deliver an exceptional business education.

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