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European Financial Services Round Table

John McFarlane
Chairman, Aviva
Aviva plc

John McFarlane is a senior figure in global banking and financial services circles, having spent 36 years in the industry, including 10 years as CEO, and 19 at main-board level.

He is Chairman of Aviva plc and a non-executive director of Westfield Holdings, and Old Oak Holdings.

John retired as CEO of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group in 2007, after ten years in the role. ANZ is the fourth largest company in Australia, the largest company in New Zealand, and was the leading bank globally in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

John’s career began with Ford. He entered banking with Citicorp in London, heading Citicorp Investment Bank Ltd and ultimately Citicorp and Citibank in the UK and Ireland. In 1993 he joined the Board of Standard Chartered plc as Group Executive Director, based in London and Hong Kong.

John is also a former President of the International Monetary Conference and former Chairman of the Australian Bankers Association. He was a director of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc, the London Stock Exchange, Capital Radio plc, the Auditing Practices Board, The Securities Association (UK regulator), and the Bank of England’s Financial Law Panel. In 1992 he chaired the “McFarlane Review” - “The Future Development of Auditing in the United Kingdom and Ireland”.

Born in Dumfries, Scotland, in 1947, John has an MA from the University of Edinburgh, an MBA from Cranfield and studied accounting and finance at The London Business School. He was awarded the OBE, the Australian Centenary Medal, the inaugural Cranfield School of Management Distinguished Alumnus Award and has an honorary doctorate from Cranfield University.

John and his wife, Annie, have British and Australian citizenship. He has three daughters.