Former national crime chief Michael Phelan joins Kroll

19 July 2023 2 min. read
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Kroll has appointed former national criminal intelligence chief Michael Phelan as Strategic Advisor to its Forensic Investigations & Intelligence practice in Australia.

Michael Phelan brings more than 30 years in law enforcement to Kroll, and is considered one of the leading senior former law enforcement officers in Australia.

Phelan was formerly Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission and Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology, where he oversaw the development and maintenance of national information and intelligence sharing services through key initiatives including the National Criminal Intelligence System, the National Child Offender System, and the Australian Firearms Information Network.

Former national crime chief Michael Phelan joins Kroll

In his new role at Kroll, Phelan works as Special Counsel to Kroll, a global consulting firm based out of Sydney.

Cem Ozturk, Managing Director of the Forensic Investigations & Intelligence practice at Kroll, said that Phelan’s vast experience will greatly enhance Kroll’s ability to support state and federal government clients in Australia, the Pacific and Southeast Asia on issues including anti-bribery and corruption and anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing.

“It is an honour to welcome Mike to Kroll. Mike has worked tirelessly to keep Australians and our government agencies safe from fraud and organised crime for more than 30 years. His experience working across state and international borders will significantly amplify Kroll’s capability in regional intelligence and investigations, which is more important than ever as Australia’s responsibility in the Asia Pacific grows,” he said.

Commenting on his appointment, Phelan stated: “We are seeing a big shift in how internal investigations are handled at the highest levels of government and corporations as public scrutiny intensifies. Kroll is well-respected and recognised globally for its corporate investigations and risk advisory services.”

“As the need for independent expertise in complex investigations grows, our team will be well-positioned to create a safer Australia that is better connected, better informed and better equipped to deal with crime and criminal justice issues at home and abroad.”

Globally, Kroll has more than 6,500 professionals working from 40+ offices around the world.