Former Deloitte Australia chairman Keith Jones joins Cannings Purple
Keith Jones, new Chairman of Cannings Purple.
Award-winning strategic communications consultancy Cannings Purple has appointed Keith Jones, one of Australia’s most experienced business advisers, as chairman of its board.
Mr Jones will join Cannings Purple on 1 July 2017 following the retirement of current chairman, the Hon Norman Moore.
Mr Jones retired as chairman of Deloitte Australia in May 2017 after completing his four-year term. Prior to becoming national chair of the “Big Four” accounting and business advisory firm, Mr Jones had been a partner of Deloitte Perth for 27 years – the last 15 as managing partner.
In his period as managing partner Mr Jones led Deloitte Perth through a massive period of growth resulting in the team quadrupling in size to more than 400 professionals. He also led the National Mining and Resources Group for Deloitte and established the China Services Group, a market leading advisory practice focused on inbound investment.
In addition to chairing Cannings Purple, Mr Jones will continue as chairman of Gindalbie Metals Ltd (ASX:GBG).
Mr Jones brings more than 40 years’ experience in professional and financial services, having been involved with audit, merger & acquisition advice, valuation, modelling and risk review of a wide range of clients, including WA Newspapers’ IPO, SGIO, Mermaid Marine, Resolute, BHP, Rio Tinto, Fortescue Metals Group, Sinosteel, Baosteel, Woodside Petroleum and a large number of smaller mining companies.
“Keith’s corporate finance background is highly regarded in the professional services and business community. He is respected as a capable and experienced leader, particularly in the field of natural resources, which is of pivotal importance to WA,” Cannings Purple managing director Warrick Hazeldine said.
“We would also like to thank Norman Moore who has been instrumental in leading our board through a period of strong growth over the past 3 ½ years. We are delighted that Norman’s wisdom and experience will continue to be available to us, and to our clients, as a Special Counsel.”
Commenting on the appointment of his successor, Mr Moore said: “I am pleased to hand over the role of chairman of Cannings Purple to Mr Jones, who I know will steward the firm to even more success.”
Incoming chairman Mr Jones said: “I’ve had a long professional relationship with Cannings Purple and watched the company grow to the position of market leader in strategic communications in Western Australia. From my discussions with Cannings Purple and its cornerstone shareholder, WPP AUNZ, Australasia’s leading marketing communications group, it is evident the firm provides its clients with global reach and access to specialist talent including an emerging digital-transformation business. These attributes, combined with a strong local presence, will drive significant future growth for clients and the firm. I look forward to working with Cannings Purple’s professional services team and contributing to the future growth and success of the business.”