Michael J Andrew AO: a remarkable force for good
With deep sadness we acknowledge the passing of Michael Andrew AO, an iconic leader of KPMG and very great Australian.
Michael genuinely cared about people, interested in their lives beyond the boundaries of the office.
Michael spoke with great presence, rarely with notes. For those he mentored, and there were many, he always enjoyed spending time to work through or explain a complex problem in a way that made you feel as intelligent as he was.
He was efficient, logical, determined and meticulously organised – there was a lot to fit into every day.
Michael’s influence went well beyond the firm, an outstanding guide and positive force in the lives of many individuals and organisations. Notably he was Chair of the Australian Board of Taxation and the Federal Government’s Black Economy Task Force. Michael’s work here will have a significant and long-lasting impact on the fairness and equity of Australia’s tax and welfare systems.
His legacy at KPMG is also significant. Joining KPMG in 1984 he became partner in 1988. Chairman of our Victorian office from 2002 to 2006; Chairman of KPMG Asia Pacific and Chairman KPMG Australia from 2007 to 2011, Michael was the first Australian to be Chairman of KPMG International, appointed in 2011 and retiring in 2014 due to ill health.
Michael loved his family, his wife Mardi and their two daughters, Monique and Danielle. In all of his remarkable business achievements they were everything to him.
We will not forget his intellect, courage, wit and friendship, his open mindedness and inspiring leadership.
He was a remarkable force for good. We all miss him.