John Macpherson

Senior Partner

Shanghai

John is a Senior Partner in Control Risks, Greater China and North Asia. He is responsible for Control Risks’ overall consulting practices across mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, the Koreas and Mongolia. He also works closely with the region’s team of political risk analysts and experts.

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  • Resolving Critical Issues and Crises


John is a Senior Partner in Control Risks, Greater China and North Asia. He is responsible for Control Risks’ overall consulting practices across mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, the Koreas and Mongolia. He also works closely with the region’s team of political risk analysts and experts.

John is an expert in complex problem-solving, advising companies on how to successfully manage the challenges posed by political and regulatory environments, integrity and security issues. He has consulted extensively with multinational companies across all industries, assisting them to identify, manage and develop strategic responses to crisis management and complex governance 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:
  • Led the crisis response and recovery for a number of high-profile corruption and regulatory cases in the healthcare and automotive sectors in China.
  • Designed the strategy to negotiate and resolve a number of large commercial disputes for multinational manufacturing companies in China.
  • Designed anti-bribery and corruption risk assessments for companies reviewing their compliance with local laws and regulations.
  • Assisted a private equity client in responding to a targeted issue-motivated group campaign undermining domestic investment interests.


John has held various roles with Control Risks: Director of Crisis and Security Consulting, based in Shanghai; General Manager in Hong Kong; Manager for Global Client Services and Senior Consultant in Crisis and Security Consulting 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 food and fast-moving consumer goods, finance, heavy manufacturing, pharmaceutical and resource sectors.

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

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