Aussie counsel elected ACC global chair
The head of legal at an Australian sawn timber production company has been elected as the new global chair for the Association of Corporate Counsel, while a fellow Australia-based counsel has been elected vice-chair.
The ACC has elected Mike Madden – the head group legal, commercial, procurement at Hyne Group – as its new global chair.
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Mr Madden has held the role of vice-chair for the past 12 months, prior to which he was the chair of ACC’s finance, audit and risk committee and served as a non-executive director for the global association from 2015-19 and for its Australian arm from 2014-18.
He has also served as general counsel and company secretary at For The Record, Auscript, and iSeek Communications.
He is the second Australian (and first Australian resident) to serve as ACC’s global chair, following Dubai-based Anneliese Reinhold.
Speaking about his election, Mr Madden said that he is “honoured” to join an esteemed group of board chairs hailing from all over the world.
“It is a great credit to ACC that over the years, we’ve continued to strengthen the diversity of our board – in terms of gender, cultural perspective, industry experience, and geographic location – to better represent and meet the needs of ACC’s members.
“I look forward in the coming year to continue supporting ACC’s initiatives around ESG, improving DEI within the in-house community, innovating how we deliver services and resources to our members, and ensuring that ACC continues to have a long and successful future ahead of it,” he said.
“As board chair, I welcome this unique and rewarding opportunity to work closely with our current and incoming board members, and the very talented ACC staff, to accomplish our collective goals to help ACC better serve our 45,000 members around the world.”
ACC president and CEO Veta T. Richardson added that Mr Madden “exemplifies the modern evolution of the in-house counsel role”.
“Through nearly two decades of legal experience in Australia and the United States, Mike brings a keen understanding of how to counsel organizations in a global business environment on an increasing number of issues – just like many of our members do each day,” she proclaimed.
“His global perspective, along with his deep understanding of environmental, social, and governance issues, will benefit ACC greatly in the year ahead.”
Elsewhere, Are Media general counsel and company manager Adrian Goss has been elected as ACC’s global vice-chair.
Mr Goss has served as Are Media’s GC since 2012 and has also worked as a legal counsel at Beyond Rights and as a solicitor at BigLaw firm Holding Redlich.