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John Egan

BA(Hons) MBA UNSW
Adjunct Professor
Chairman
Egan Associates


Over the past 40 years, John has undertaken consulting work in both the private and Government sectors, and is currently Chairman of Egan Associates Pty Ltd, a governance and remuneration advisory firm which he founded in 1989. Over his career he has consulted the majority of Australia and New Zealand's top corporate entities, several levels of government as well as State and Federal agencies and privately owned enterprises.

After commencing his career at the Ford Motor Company in Melbourne, John worked as a Consultant and Director at Cullen Morton which became Cullen Egan Dell Limited in the early 70s until it merged with the UK Noble Lowndes Group, at which stage he became Executive Chairman concurrently of Noble Lowndes and Cullen Egan Dell and the Australasian representative of the Group's UK parent.

John's consulting work has covered all industry sectors and every facet of staff remuneration. He has also been lead consultant of a significant number of work value studies in Government organisations, having developed the foundation points factor job evaluation methodologies underpinning the senior executive services nationally. John continues to work on challenging government remuneration projects and more recently, in collaboration with the Commonwealth Remuneration Tribunal, advised on the remuneration of Departmental Secretaries, Specified Statutory Officeholders (including the Commissioner of Taxation and the Chief of the Defence Force) and was engaged in providing advice on Federal Parliamentary salaries in late 2011. He has been consulted by governments in respect of privatisation and corporatisation of the largest once owned government entities presently ranked in the ASX top 50 and has advised on the classification and apportioning of fees for part-time members of government boards and authorities, tribunals and trusts, as well as ministerial advisory bodies.

In the new legislative and regulatory environment Egan Associates under John's leadership is engaged by boards to advise on key management personnel remuneration, communicating with shareholders (including major investors) in support of the firm's clients and continues to fulfil an active role in KMP appointments and organisational downsizing, as well as mergers and divestments across every aspect of private sector engagement by Australian companies, both nationally and internationally.

John served as Chair of the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Economics from 2001 and prior to this, served as Chair of the National Advisory Board of AIESEC, a leading international student organisation fostering the development of campus entrepreneurship. During the 1990s John also served a term as President of the Australian Institute of Management Consultants and presently serves as a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, his other key passion. John's invaluable teaching and research contributions to the University were acknowledged in 2009, when he was conferred the title of Honorary Fellow of the University. He has given comprehensive advices to the Productivity Commission on executive remuneration and recent advices to Government, including those on Commonwealth Parliamentarians' remuneration.