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KPMG names new top leader in Charlotte

Joe Paradise
Joe Paradise

KPMG LLP, one of the “big four” accounting firms, this week named a replacement for its highest-ranking executive in Charlotte and North Carolina.

The New York-based company said Joe Paradise has been named managing partner of its Charlotte office, replacing retiring executive John Switzer. Paradise, 43, is being promoted from his previous role as managing partner of the firm’s Raleigh office.

In Charlotte, KPMG employs 450 people and has offices in uptown’s Duke Energy Center.

Paradise will be responsible for the strategic direction and growth of the Charlotte office, in addition to offices in Greensboro and Raleigh in North Carolina; Greenville, S.C.; Tampa, Jacksonville, Orlando, Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Fla; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Paradise began his career at KPMG in its Jacksonville office. In 2009, he became managing partner of the Raleigh office.

Switzer will retire next month after 37 years with the firm.

KPMG LLP is a member firm of Swiss giant KPMG International, one of the world’s four largest audit, tax, and advisory firms. PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu are the other three.

Deon Roberts: 704-358-5248, @DeonERoberts