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Anthony R. Castellanos is a 35-year accounting professional who currently serves as the National Partner-in-Charge of Industry Sectors for KPMG’s US Tax Practice. He also serves as KPMG’s Media & Entertainment Sector Leader and is a Global Account Lead Partner, serving the firm’s largest technology, media, and telecommunications clients. In 2015, he was elected by his partners to serve a five-year term as a member of KPMG’s Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Latino Corporate Directors Association, the National Association of Corporate Directors, and American Institute of CPAs.
Tony is a first-generation Cuban American who began his career in accounting while attending Brooklyn College. As a student, he prepared tax returns and performed bookkeeping services for clients of a local accounting firm. Tony was an active member of the student community and campus life, serving as a member of the Brooklyn College Student Council, president of the Accounting Society, and proud member and past president of the Beta Eta Chapter of Alpha Phi Delta. He earned his B.S. in Accounting in January 1985.
Upon graduating from Brooklyn College, Tony accepted an associate position with Price Waterhouse, where he launched his career in their entertainment and media practice and was admitted to the partnership. In 2000, he accepted a position with SoftBank Group Corporation, a technology, media and telecommunications company with global private equity and venture capital investments and operations. He was a Partner in SoftBank’s venture capital arm, SoftBank Capital, and served as SoftBank’s Chief Tax & Administrative Officer until January 2006, when he joined KPMG LLP.
Throughout his career, Tony has been a passionate mentor and coach to rising professionals and students, especially those from underrepresented immigrant and first-generation backgrounds. Over the years, he has mentored countless Brooklyn College students. He also established the Anthony R. Castellanos ’85 Scholarship to support Brooklyn College students majoring in accounting and enrolled in the CPA eligible program. His deep commitment to education has also led to service on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Murray Koppelman School of Business at Brooklyn College. Since 2016, Tony has been an active member of the Brooklyn College Foundation Board of Trustees; he currently serves as Chair of its Audit & Finance Committee.
Tony is a lifelong New Yorker who grew up in Brooklyn, where he lived until 1999 when he moved to Nassau County with his wife, Josephine, and two daughters Alex and Sam. His parents, Anthony and Maria, came to New York from Cuba in 1955 and settled in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn where they raised their two children, Anthony and Julia, instilling in them the value of family and education.