Bill Cline


Bill Cline speaking at the Google Cloud Next conference in San Francisco July 25, 2018





Welcome Friends Old & New.

On September 30, 2018, I will be retiring from KPMG LLP where I now lead Intelligent Automation, the range of technologies inclusive of AI & Machine Learning, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and workflow tools collectively used to enable digital transformation of front, middle, and back office processes across industries. As many of you know, I previously ran Global Financial Markets for many years at Andersen Consulting and our post-IPO incarnation Accenture, and prior to consulting I was a trader and a twice successful entrepreneur where my companies revolutionized electronic trading and global market data.

While KPMG has a mandatory retirement age, I am far too young and far too immersed in innovation and AI and far too energized by its potential to transform businesses large and small to truly retire. Just over the past 6 months my group secured a new strategic alliance with Google and we're driving AI/ML enabled customer service transformation through a new solution framework called Intelligent Interactions. Commencing in October 2018 I hope to find some exciting independent consulting and strategic advisory opportunities to make high impact contributions in areas where my experience driving IT-enabled market and customer innovation along with sales and professional services disciplines can best be leveraged. I will also be seeking select opportunities to join public and/or private company boards that seek new perspectives and oversight to help drive business transformation and improved regulatory compliance through AI and intelligent automation.

During my 15 years at Andersen Consulting / Accenture I was regularly among the top 3 most quoted partners in the entire firm each quarter, appearing on CNBC, Bloomberg TV and news wires, NPR Marketplace and Talk of the Nation, Reuters & Dow Jones News, Marketwatch, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, NY Times, Washington Post, Securities Industry News, Information Week, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Fortune, Wall Street & Technology, and many other leading publications. Here's a fun clip from CNBC's Squawk on the Street the morning the NYSE went public, where they tried to get me to compare exchanges going public to a "casino" (good thing I had media training...). The independence restrictions of working at a Big 4 firm these past 7 years made that media visibility drop off pretty dramatically - understandable but rather frustrating. Following my retirement from KPMG on September 30, I hope to once again be able to provide perspectives and insights on topics involving AI and automation generally as well as specific impacts of digital transformation on financial services and other industries.

Finally, I wish to take a moment to thank the many friends and colleagues who have helped and supported me over the years. None of my personal successes would have been possible without the hard work of the many talented men and women with whom I've had the privilege to work over the years and the many clients who trusted me with their most important projects. I was fortunate to be at the forefront of the electronic and algorithmic trading revolution by creating the world's first digital trading systems and ticker plants, and I led a once in a lifetime opportunity to design, build, and launch the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) from a single desktop pc prototype that's now grown into the world's largest exchange group. During my last 7 years at KPMG, I've delved deeply into cross industry applications of intelligent automation and AI, the biggest inflection point for transformational business change since global sourcing. The many new friends and colleagues I've developed at KPMG have taught me new things, given me opportunities to create new innovations, and made me more energized than ever to maintain a central role in this continuing AI-enabled transformation of businesses and services.

To get a bio, for press or board service inquiries, or to have a conversation about potential future consulting or speaking engagements post September 30, 2018 please contact me at wfc@billcline.com or by phone at (843) 359-9550. Thanks!

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