John Macpherson

Senior Partner

Shanghai

John is the Senior Partner leading Control Risks' Asia Pacific practices for crisis response and recovery, cyber security, business protection and resilience solutions. John leads a team which specialises in crisis management and critical incident response, business continuity, strategic security and operational risk consulting, cyber and information security, security staffing support and protective services.

  • Leadership
  • Senior Partner
  • Asia Pacific
  • Creating a Compliant Organisation
  • Creating a Resilient Organisation
  • Resolving Critical Issues and Crises


John is the Senior Partner leading Control Risks' Asia Pacific practices for crisis response and recovery, cyber security, business protection and resilience solutions. John leads a team which specialises in crisis management and critical incident response, business continuity, strategic security and operational risk consulting, cyber and information security, security staffing support and protective services.

John has particular experience in advising companies how to successfully manage challenging political and regulatory environments, compliance and security issues. He is retained by clients to develop and execute strategic responses to crises and disputes, complex governance, operational risk and compliance reviews. John is one of the region’s leading experts in responding to regulatory investigations and in commercial and labour disputes.


Recent projects include:
  • The critical incident response and recovery for a number of high-profile corruption and regulatory cases in the healthcare and automotive sectors in China.
  • Strategic support to negotiate and resolve a number of large commercial and third party disputes for multinational companies in China.
  • Cyber threat analysis and operational risk assessments in the financial services sector.
  • Assisted a private equity client in responding to a targeted issue-motivated group campaign undermining domestic investment interests.


John was previously Head of Control Risks’ Greater China and North Asia business, based in Shanghai; Director of Crisis and Security Consulting for our China operations; General Manager in Hong Kong; and the Manager for Global Client Services for Australia Pacific. He has extensive experience developing and implementing crisis management plans, conducting enterprise vulnerability assessments, in stakeholder management and communication, and delivering training programmes. He has worked with senior executive management teams in the technologies, food and fast-moving consumer goods, finance, heavy manufacturing, healthcare and resource sectors.

John has a degree in social science (international relations) from the University of NSW and various qualifications in risk assessment.

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