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“A Boardroom Conversation with John McFarlane”

Tuesday 9 April 2013

Mr. McFarlane is Chairman of Aviva plc.  He is a non-executive director of Westfield Holdings Limited, Old Oak Holdings Limited and is a member of the advisory board of the Cranfield School of Management.

Mr. McFarlane has had a 37 year career in financial services and was chief executive officer of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited for 10 years between 1997 and 2007.  Before joining ANZ, he was a group executive director at Standard Chartered plc and prior to this, he was head of Citicorp Investment Bank Ltd and later head of Citicorp and Citibank in the UK and Ireland.

Mr. McFarlane was formerly a non-executive director of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc, the London Stock Exchange, Capital Radio plc, The Securities Association, the Auditing Practices Board and the Business Council of Australia.  He was president of the International Monetary Conference and was chairman of the Australian Bankers Association.  He was also a member of the Bank of England Financial Law Review Panel, and in 1992, he chaired The McFarlane Report - the review of “The Future Development of Auditing in the United Kingdom and Ireland.”

Mr. McFarlane was educated at the University of Edinburgh, Cranfield and the London Business School.

He brings a deep knowledge of international financial services and markets, having been responsible for banking in over 50 countries.  He is particularly well versed in strategy, people leadership and organisational development.

Mr. McFarlane has been awarded the OBE, the Australian Centenary Medal, the inaugural Cranfield Distinguished Alumnus award and an honorary doctorate from Cranfield University.  He has banking and securities fellowships in the UK, Australia and Hong Kong and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


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