Michael Andrew AO


Michael Andrew graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1978 with double degrees in Commerce and Law, and completed articles of clerkship at ICI Australia before working as a cost accountant in ICI Australia’s ethylene oxide business. In 1984 he joined Peat Marwick, qualifying as a chartered accountant and working his way to partner in four years. In 1988 he was transferred to the international headquarters based in Amsterdam to work on the creation of KPMG, the first of the global mergers leading to the Big 4. In 1992 he returned to Europe to run KPMG’s International and European Tax Centres in Amsterdam and Brussels and started work on the first strategy for the emerging Asia-Pacific markets. Returning from Europe in 1994, Michael’s strong leadership credentials facilitated, in 2000, appointment as Chair of Melbourne, Chair of KPMG Australia in 2007 and as chair of the KPMG Asia-Pacific. In 2011, Michael Andrew reached the pinnacle in his professional career when he was unanimously appointed CEO and Chair of KPMG International. Recognising the growing importance of the Asia-Pacific region and the emergence of China, he was the first Global Chairman of a Big 4 firm to base himself in Hong Kong. As KPMG Global Chair, Michael found time to provide service to the wider business world expanding his influence and impact across various international bodies. He joined the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum and World Economic Forum Professional Services Committee and sat on the Steering Committee of the United Nations Global Compact for the environment. Michael was keenly sought as a speaker for international business forums including the World Economic Forum in Davos and the Boao Forum for Asia. Following his successful career at KPMG, Michael Andrew was appointed by the Australian Federal Government to three critically important roles. In 2014 as Chair of the B20 Working Group on Anti-Corruption and Transparency, he led a group of executives from the world’s most powerful business and non-government organisations developing meaningful collective action across the G20. In 2015 he was appointed by the Federal Government to chair the Board of Taxation and in 2016 to chair the Black Economy Taskforce. In addition to his formal business roles, he contributed time and experience to a range of organisations across the community. He served as Chairman of the Australian Prostate Centre, Council Member and Chair of Lauriston Girls’ School, Director of Racing Victoria and Member of the Audit and Risk Sub-committee and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Advisory Panel. A long-time Member of the Melbourne Cricket Club, he was also a Committee Member, Vice-President and Treasurer. In 2016, Michael Andrew was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to the accounting profession at the national and international level. In 2014 he was awarded a Doctor of Commerce honoris causa by the University of Melbourne and a Doctor of Laws honoris causa by Monash University in 2014.

The Australian Accounting Hall of Fame honours Michael Andrew as a practitioner, senior executive and much-lauded servant in the cause of combating the black market economy.