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Alan Johnson, SAC Chair

Alan Johnson

Job Title

Stakeholder Advisory Council Chair


United Kingdom

Alan Johnson was appointed the inaugural Chair of the Stakeholder Advisory Council by the Public Interest Oversight Board in May 2023. The Stakeholder Advisory Council (SAC) is a newly created body that provides strategic advice to the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) and the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB). The SAC will commence its work in April 2024.

Previously, Mr. Johnson was President of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) from November 2020 to November 2022, having previously served as Deputy President from 2018-2020 and a board member since November 2015. He was nominated to the IFAC board by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Mr. Johnson is a non-executive director and member of the Audit and the People & Governance Committees of Imperial Brands plc and a non-executive director and member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees of DS Smith plc, both FTSE 100 companies in the UK. He is also a non-executive director and chair of the Audit Committee of William Grant & Sons Ltd, a family business based in Scotland. He is the current chair the Good Governance Academy.

Mr. Johnson is a former non-executive Director of Jerónimo Martins SGPS, S.A., a food retailer with operations in Portugal, Poland, and Colombia, having completed his board mandate in 2016, and is the independent chairman of the company's Internal Control Committee since 2014. Previously he was Chief Financial Officer of Jerónimo Martins from 2012 to 2014. Between 2005 and 2011 he was the Chief Audit Executive for the Unilever Group. Mr. Johnson also served as Chief Financial Officer of Unilever's Global Foods businesses, and worked for Unilever for 35 years in various finance positions in Africa, Europe and Latin America.

Mr. Johnson was a member of IFAC’s Professional Accountants in Business Committee between 2011 and 2015, a member of the ACCA's Market Oversight Committee between 2006 and 2012 and chair of the Accountants for Business Global Forum until 2018. He was a member of the board of Gildat Strauss Israel between 2003 and 2004. Mr. Johnson is the past chair of the board of governors of St. Julian’s School in Portugal and chairs its Finance & Bursaries Committees. In October 2016 he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the International Valuation Standards Council and chairs its audit committee. Between July 2018 and September 2020 he was a non-executive director of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and chaired its Audit & Risk Assurance Committee.