KordaMentha’s Chris Martin appointed president of the TMA

05 February 2023 Consultancy.com.au 2 min. read
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The Australian chapter of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) has appointed KordaMentha partner Chris Martin as its new president.

Melbourne-based KordaMentha partner Chris Martin will lead the Australian arm of the Turnaround Management Association, one of the leading international professional networks for the turnaround and restructuring consulting industry. Martin has led numerous high-profile restructuring engagements over the past decade or so with the firm.

Globally, the TMA has some 10,000 members across 20 countries, including more than 800 based in Australia.

Chris Martin, President, TMA Australia

“I am thrilled to be appointed as president of TMA Australia and represent a global organisation which has unified a strong network of individuals and organisations passionate about the turnaround and restructuring industry,” Martin stated. “I look forward to working with the board to build on the TMA’s strong progress, enhance our relevancy, and continue to highlight the important work of our members.”

Martin has been with KordaMentha for the past thirteen years and leads the firm’s Performance Improvement team, advising clients on organisational change and transformation, risk and governance, and conducting independent business reviews. Martin has performed multiple engagements as a lead advisor to the Commonwealth on matters such as the NBN, Australia Post, and Defence Housing.

After serving as a member for the past six years, and most recently as vice president, Martin now heads a TMA Australia board of sixteen directors, including among others KPMG deal advisory partner Gayle Dickerson, and Richard Hughes, who leads Deloitte’s restructuring services team in Queensland. Martin takes over from Baker & McKenzie’s Maria O’Brien, who now assumes the role of TMA chair.

“Following in the footsteps of the wonderful Maria O’Brien won’t be easy. However, I am supported by an engaged board and state committees, committed sponsors, and an active membership base,” Martin said “Through our events, knowledge sharing and networking, TMA provides opportunities for its members to access new business opportunities and gain the knowledge and experience they need.”

Martin follows in the footsteps of former colleague, Michael Brereton, who has since 2021 served as the president of fellow industry group the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association (ARITA). Presently a director at William Buck, Brereton spent more than fifteen years at KordaMentha to 2017, joining from Andersen at its inception in 2002 following the latter’s collapse.