James Powell

Office Managing Partner, Audit


I am the Managing Partner of KPMG's Nashville office and the National Partner in Charge - Campus Recruiting and University Relations. I am an audit partner serving clients in Nashville and Atlanta. 

I provide professional audit services to a wide variety of clients from small private companies to large multinational, multibillion-dollar corporations—specializing in retail, consumer markets, pharmaceutical and life sciences companies.

My audit experience ranges from private companies to SEC filers. I have a thorough understanding of SEC rules and regulations and have been involved in several debt and equity offerings including a number of initial public offerings.

Some of my other strengths and accomplishments include:

  • Served as the lead audit senior manager and second partner on a FORTUNE 25 retail company
  • Served as the lead audit partner on five other public companies
  • Experience in coordinating with international KPMG offices to serve my multinational clients
  • Present to various colleges and universities related to Sarbanes-Oxley, ethics and compliance, and the accounting industry

Other activities:

  • pride@kpmg National Co-Chair (2015-2018)
  • pride@kpmg Advisory Board Member
  • Member of the KPMG Board of Directors Nominating Committee (2015-2017)
  • Member of The KPMG Foundation - Board of Directors 
  • Chairman's 25 - Class of 2017
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