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Young Alum: Matthew Johnson

Matthew Johnson (B.S., 1998; MACC, 1999) was awarded the Darla Moore School Distinguished Young Alumni Award at the Leadership Dinner on April 3, 2014.  Matthew is a Principal in KPMG’s Atlanta office, which is among KPMG’s major large city offices.  KPMG is one of the “Big Four” international accounting firms with U.S. revenues of $5.75 billion and is staffed by 17,809 professionals.

Born outside of modern day Chennai, India, Matt has lived in India, Sri Lanka, the United States, Thailand, and Malaysia.  His experiences in working with the less fortunate as well as his exposure to many different cultures have a strong impact on his leadership philosophy and style.  Matt was featured on the cover of the May/June 2010 edition of Profiles in Diversity Journal and was among two dozen leaders featured in the magazine’s celebration of /Asian-Pacific American heritage.  Profiled were professionals from a broad range of fields including finance, fashion and manufacturing.

Matt has a passion for people which is evident in his involvement as a people leader and mentor.  He is a People Management Leader, serves as the co-chair of the Atlanta chapter of the Asian Pacific Islander Network (APIN), and leads the national APIN subcommittee for Professional Development and Mentoring.  Active in recruiting for many years, Matt serves as the National Advisory Recruiting partner for KPMG.  He has received KPMG’s National Mentoring Award, was profiled by Universum when they recognized KPMG as a Top 100 employer globally, and received the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Up and Comers “40 under 40” award.

Matt is also involved in charitable work in both India and the United States.  Because of his personal background, he feel a strong sense of obligation to both his local community and to global charities.  Matt’s personal passion is focused on helping women and children.  He is involved in organizations including the American Cancer Society, MS Society, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Camp Twin Lakes, Susan G. Koemen Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, the Empty Stocking fund, St. Bernard’s Project, and KPMG’s Family for Literacy.  He has received the Butterflies and Allies Award for work done with Chayil, and organization to help women who are victims of domestic violence.  He also received the KPMG Chairman’s Award for Volunteerism in the Atlanta Office.  He currently serves as Annual Fund Committee Member for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, is on the board for the Educational and Charitable Society of India, is a Program Committee member for 21st Century Leaders’ Organization, and is a committee member for KPMG’s Atlanta Family for Literacy, Atlanta Chapter.

In addition to all of his achievements and commitments, Matt is devoted to his family.  He and his wife, Becky, have a daughter and two sons (8, 6, and 3, respectively). 

With his dedication to creating positive change in the world, it is clear to see why Matthew Johnson had been named as a Distinguished Young Alum of the Darla Moore School of Business.  He is a certainly a leader and a role model for our future generations.