Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Board Chair Murray Jack today announced the decision by Lee White to stand down as Chief Executive Officer.
Mr White joined the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia in 2009 and his leadership was instrumental in bringing together the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2014 to form Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
Mr Jack said that Lee White advised his intention to stand down as CEO of Chartered Accountants ANZ by the end 2017.
“We thank Lee for his service to the organisation and profession. Lee has had a long association with the organisation from becoming a member in 1987 to joining the organisation in 2009.
“He has had a fundamental impact on the organisation and what it is today. His extensive background in accounting, including his roles of Chief Accountant at ASIC and Assistant Auditor General for NSW has brought professional insight into what members really need. His leadership has ensured strategic stewardship of our brand and designation.
“Under Lee’s leadership the organisation and profession in Australia and New Zealand have grown and established a stronger global presence,” Mr Jack said.
Mr White said that he is confident the organisation is in good stead and will continue growing and be able to embrace future changes.
“This was a personal decision and I believe my role over the last five years as chief executive has left me with a lot of optimism about the future of the profession.
“This organisation is in a good state to continue being current and relevant to its members and future members. The leadership team will be able to continue to build on the legacy of this organisation to create further success.
“It has been an absolute privilege to be part of an organisation that is committed to bettering economies and societies around the world by empowering Chartered Accountants to become leaders and shapers of finance and business. I will always be a passionate supporter of this profession,” Mr White said.