Graeme Newton, formerly the chief executive of the world-renowned Queensland Reconstruction Authority, will also set up a Centre for Excellence for Crisis Management for the South East Asian region.
Deloitte chief executive Giam Swiegers said he was delighted to welcome someone of the calibre of Mr Newton to the firm.
“Graeme is recognised at a state, national and global level for his outstanding ability to deliver on highly challenging crisis response and reconstruction projects.”
“He received the national award for planning excellence in Australia last year and is a member of the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery technical advisory group”.
Harvey Christophers, Deloitte managing partner of the Risk Services business, said Mr Newton’s appointment was part of the strategy to help organisations "know the worth of risk" and invest in-depth in areas of risk intelligence that were vital to organisations in this country.
“A crisis for an organisation is any high-consequence event that has the potential to threaten an organisation’s existence, value, reputation, or ability to operate."
"Bringing the depth of expertise that Graeme has in responding to crises is a great example of the investments that we are prepared to make to bring authentic capability to help our clients.”
Mr Newton said he was excited to join the firm and take up his new role.
“I am looking forward to taking on this new role of ‘integrator’ between Australia, SE Asia and the huge reach Deloitte has in this field globally. In this role I see the opportunity to make a significant difference when it comes to crisis and, disaster management and preparedness in particular,” Mr Newton said.