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CPA Australia CEO resigns after 5 years

After over five years as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CPA Australia, Andrew Hunter has tendered his resignation to the Board of Directors.

Earlier this year Andrew signalled to the Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) Australia Board that he would look to finish in his role as CEO by 31 March 2024 to support the pursuit of his next career aspiration in Europe, where he worked from 2003 to 2010.

Andrew’s advance notice has enabled the Board to prepare for the most important task of searching for a new CEO. Executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates has been appointed to conduct the search process with the view to announcing a replacement CEO before the end of this year.

Andrew was appointed to the role of CEO early in April 2018 by a new Board of Directors of CPA Australia following the governance challenges in 2017. One of Andrew’s first responsibilities was to work closely with the Board and members to develop a new organisational strategy for 2018-2022.

The Board thanks Andrew for his strong leadership during the difficult period of restoring member pride in the CPA designation and trust in the organisation. By 2022 the annual member survey showed member satisfaction at 7.08, its highest point since first measured in 2014.

The Board is also grateful for Andrew’s leadership of the organisation and service to members during the Covid-19 crisis of 2020 to 2022. Andrew showed a willingness to take risks, move forward and demonstrate compassion for CPA Australia members and our people. Andrew has also led the development of our ambitious new 5-year strategy 2022-2027 to equip members with skills for the future.

The Board will provide more information regarding the search for our new CEO before the end of this year.

Taken from CPA Australia Media Release on 19 July 2023. 

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