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PwC boss takes chair at Growth Company

PwC boss takes chair at Growth Company

🕔20.Jun 2018

The West Midlands Growth Company, the organisation charged with attracting new businesses and investment to the region and creating jobs, has appointed Midlands business leader Matthew Hammond as its new Chair, reports Kevin Johnson.

Matthew Hammond, Regional Chairman at PwC, is also Senior Partner at the firm’s Birmingham office. Mr Hammond, who has over twenty years’ experience at PwC, is currently leading a team of more than 1,800 client specialists from offices in Birmingham, East Midlands and Milton Keynes.

In his new role as Chair, Matthew will take over from Paul Kehoe CBE, the former CEO of Birmingham Airport.

Mr Kehoe remains President of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. His position has still not been directly filled at the airport.

PwC will move its 1,400 strong Birmingham team to One Chamberlain Square, the first building to be completed in the Paradise development, next summer.

Commenting on the appointment, Neil Rami, Chief Executive of the West Midlands Growth Company, said:

Matthew does an exceptional job at leading PwC’s regional presence, and will bring with him a wealth of expertise that will ensure the West Midlands Growth Company remains a forward-thinking, goal-orientated and competitive organisation.

As the company evolves, it is vital that public and private sector knowledge is combined to create the best possible service not only for our network of shareholders and clients, but for the people of the West Midlands. It is an exciting time for our region, and we can look forward to a confident future.

Matthew Hammond said:

I am delighted to be joining the West Midlands Growth Company as it develops and grows from its formation in 2017 by the West Midlands Combined Authority.

I have watched with great interest at how the team have contributed to the transformation of the region by successfully attracting investment and tourism to help create a more self-assured, prosperous and collaborative West Midlands.

I look forward to supporting the organisation in the next phase of this journey, as it strives to become the leading regional investment promotion agency, unlocking potential for the West Midlands and the UK.

Mr Hammond will head a board comprised from the public and private sectors, to oversee and advise on the West Midlands Growth Company’s strategy and direction. The West Midlands Growth Company is aligned to the ambitions set out in the West Midlands Combined Authority’s Strategic Economic Plan.

The company has been established in partnership with Local Enterprise Partnerships, local authorities, universities and a wide range of businesses across the private sector. It focuses its core activities across Greater Birmingham and Solihull, Coventry and Warwickshire and the Black Country, with the potential and scope to deliver services in a wider Midlands context.

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