NEW YORK and RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif., March 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm, today announced that it signed a global sponsorship agreement with LPGA champion Stacy Lewis.
As part of the agreement with KPMG, Lewis -- who is ranked No. 2 among U.S. women golfers on the 2011 LPGA Money List and No. 4 in the world -- will wear the KPMG logo on her golf shirt and shirt collar during all of her golf-related appearances, beginning this week at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif., where she is the defending champion.
This relationship is part of KPMG's sports sponsorship platform, which began when the firm reached a global sponsorship agreement with Phil Mickelson in 2008. The combination of Phil and Stacy together with KPMG is a powerful strategic partnership.
"We are thrilled to enter into this relationship with Stacy," said John Veihmeyer, Chairman and CEO of KPMG LLP. "She is a woman of great character, unwavering determination, and professionalism. Her ability to overcome the effects of scoliosis to become one of game's rising stars is an inspiring story that demonstrates great things can happen when you continue to persevere in spite of the obstacles you face. With her personal integrity, passion for excellence, and support for her community, she embodies the spirit of KPMG."
"At KPMG, we believe in the importance of diversity and the value and perspectives that women bring to our organization," Veihmeyer added. "We also recognize the emergence of women in leadership roles across corporate America. Stacy is a rising star and our relationship demonstrates KPMG's commitment to the increasingly important role that women play in our firm and in the business community."
Today, Veihmeyer will be joining Lewis in Rancho Mirage, Calif., at the Kraft Nabisco Championship to announce and launch this significant program. KPMG leadership and top performing women from the firm and their clients also will be on hand to welcome Stacy to the KPMG family.
Stacy Lewis added: "I'm proud to pair with KPMG on the LPGA Tour. Their culture of professionalism and integrity, focus on being the best, and commitment to the community and diversity, all resonate strongly with me. They are also great fans of golf. I look forward to building strong and meaningful relationships with KPMG's partners, employees, and clients."
Stacy Lewis: On and Off the Golf Course
Lewis is the No. 2 ranked player among U.S. women golfers on the 2011 LPGA Money List and No. 4 in the world. She turned pro in 2008 and won her first Major Championship in 2011 (Kraft Nabisco Championship). In 2011, Lewis had 12 top 10 finishes and was second in the Rolex Player of the Year race. Lewis graduated the University of Arkansas in 2008 with a degree in finance and accounting. She was a four-time All-American and won a school record 12 collegiate tournaments including the 2007 NCAA Individual Championship.
Off the golf course, Lewis is actively involved with charities including the Scoliosis Research Society, World Vision and Golf Fore Africa. She also recently took a mission trip to Africa to help young AIDS orphans.
For more information about KPMG's sponsorship of Stacy Lewis, please visit kpmg.com/Stacy.
About KPMG LLP
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