Published 03/28/14

Kristin L. Fraser ’94, ’99 MBA: Counseling clients the world over

Traveling around the world to counsel clients is standard operating procedure for Kristin L. Fraser ’94, ’99 MBA.

Fraser, who has more than 19 years of audit experience, is now the managing partner of the Providence office of KPMG LLP, one of the world’s largest professional services firms. 

Admitted to partnership in 2006, she provides professional audit services to a diverse cohort of large multinational companies. A 2012 graduate of KPMG’s Lead Partner Academy, Fraser is a current member of the Partner Insight Committee.

Bryant’s appreciation of and respect for multicultural differences in business conduct and communication also helped her succeed

Crediting Bryant for her solid accounting and business foundation, Fraser says that two graduate-level entrepreneurial classes “helped shape my understanding [of] the inherent challenges of startup businesses and what’s needed to succeed.” As such, she better understands the mindsets of all C-level executives, not just those with  finance and accounting backgrounds.

Bryant’s appreciation of and respect for multicultural differences in business conduct and communication also helped her succeed in a field traditionally dominated by men, she says. After earning her CPA, Fraser returned to Bryant as an evening student to complete her MBA, while working full-time at KPMG, a “Big Four” firm.

The Rhode Island native and mother of one daughter was named a “40 Under 40” in 2005, “Business Women to Watch” in 2008, and “Financial Services Industry Leader” in 2012, all by Providence Business News.   

A former board chair of Dorcas Place Family Literacy Center and former board member of the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants, Fraser now sits on the boards of American Heart Association of Southern Rhode Island, the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement of Rhode Island, and the Providence Foundation.  Her work with Dorcas Place earned her a KPMG Community Involvement National Award in 2004.

“While your education provides you with your foundation, how you leverage and apply that knowledge … will ultimately determine if you are successful,” she says.