John Farrell

Strategic Advisor

John Farrell is a global leader in strategy, transformation, and sustainability who blends three decades of strategic, management, and risk consulting expertise to help companies drive forward-thinking change. After leading large-scale transformations at KPMG and Fortune 1000 clients, he now partners with executive teams and boards to integrate the opportunities of sustainability into core strategic objectives while ensuring strong risk management and governance. With a thoughtful, collaborative, and results-oriented style, John helps teams challenge “compliance only” thinking to embrace innovation that delivers business value with integrity and quality.

  • KPMG - Transformed the firm’s 9,000-member audit practice as its first Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer
  • KPMG - Managed and ensured strong returns on the firm’s $100M investment portfolio and launched five new ignition centers around the country
  • KPMG - Established and grew a line of service dedicated to Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)
  • KPMG - buit an agile ERM strategy,  modernizing US/global governance
  • Guided clients and boards across multiple industries to evolve and strengthen ERM and governance programs linked to overall business success

John began his career as an engineer for a circuit board manufacturer while pursuing multiple master’s degrees in finance and accounting. A respected thought leader, he has been a speaker on ERM, governance, and innovation. John is the Board Director for Equal Justice Works.