Former PwC CEO joins Corrs board

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Corrs Chambers Westgarth has appointed a former CEO of PwC Australia to its board.

Mark G. Johnson has been appointed to the Corrs board as an independent director, filling the seat of Dr Rufus Black.

The appointment comes after Corrs announced in January that its long-time chief, John W.H. Denton AO, will leave the firm later this year. He will be succeeded by Gavin MacLaren, the managing partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Singapore.

Johnson was with PwC Australia for three decades, and served as the company’s CEO between 2008 and 2012. During his term, he led more than 6,000 people in Australia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea, and was a member of the professional services giant’s global strategy council. He was also PwC’s deputy chairman for Asia.

He is currently a director of Coca-Cola Amatil, Westfield Corporation, HCF, G8 Education, The Smith Family, and a number of private businesses. He is also on the advisory board of the University of New South Wales School of Business.

Johnson is also a former director of HSBC Bank Australia. He is also a member of the Australian Auditing and Assurance Standards Board and Deputy Chairman of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Financial Reporting Committee.

Stephen Price, Corrs partner and chairman, expects Johnson to be a valuable asset to the firm.

“Mark has a wealth of experience and deep knowledge in the management of a large professional services organisation. This, combined with his business acumen and commercial insights and perspective, will be of enormous benefit to the board and the firm as a whole,” he said.

Price also paid tribute to Black, who retired from the management team to become a full-time vice-chancellor of the University of Tasmania.

“Rufus’ deep knowledge of cultural change programs and his ethical and public policy expertise, as well as his external point of view, were greatly appreciated by the board,” he said.

Mark G. Johnson

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