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AICD appoints leading Australian director as new Chair

The AICD appoints John Atkin FAICD as its new Chair

The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) have appointed leading Australian Director, John Atkin FAICD, as its new Chair.

Atkin will succeed Elizabeth Proust AO FAICD as Chair following the AICD annual general meeting. He will bring almost three decades of leadership experience to the role, both in executive and non-executive roles across ASX 100 businesses and the NFP sector.

“Since I became a full-time non-executive director, I have looked to the Institute as my professional college, an organisation that sought to educate and encourage the practice of good governance and bring together the director community,” Atkin said.

“I have substantial admiration for what the AICD has achieved over the time I have been a member, particularly over the last decade. I strongly believe in the value of good governance and am excited to be taking this role at such an important time.”

Atkin is currently serving as a non-executive director of IPH Ltd, Integral Diagnostics Ltd and Commonwealth Bank Officers Superannuation Corporation. He is also operating as Chair of Outward Bound Australia and will be completing a five year stint on the Board of the State Library of NSW Foundation next month.

Prior to non-executive roles, Atkins was CEO of The Trust Company where he successfully steered the organisation through the GFC. Prior to this, he spent six years as National Managing Partner of Blake Dawson and 15 years as Partner at Mallesons Stephen Jaques.

Proust congratulated Atkin on his appointment: “Promoting good governance has never been more important than it is now and I am confident John will do an excellent job.

“It has been a pleasure to serve as Chair over a time when governance has been at the forefront of many community decisions. I am proud of the role the AICD has played in educating directors, highlighting governance issues and advocating for policies that will help the economy and society.”

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