Ernst & Young appoints four senior professionals in Australia

18 March 2024 2 min. read
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Global Professional services firm Ernst & Young has made a string of senior appointments in Australia.

Among a run of senior appointments, Simon Chan has taken over as head of EY’s national consulting practice, while Auckland-based Scott Blackwood has become the firm’s new supply chain & operations lead for Oceania.

Sydney-based Lukas Bower has meanwhile stepped up as the new Asia Pacific financial services GenAI leader, while David Jackson has been brought on board as private equity consulting lead.

Ernst & Young appoints four senior professionals in Australia

Simon Chan has meanwhile stepped up as EY Oceania business consulting leader, having been first admitted to the firm’s advisory partnership in 2019 after joining in Sydney seven years earlier.

An expert in infrastructure transformations and project management, Chan’s consulting career dates back to four years between BearingPoint and Arthur Andersen from 2002, while prior to joining EY he spent time at Arup and Third Horizon (since acquired by Publicis Sapient).

Currently based out of Auckland, Scott Blackwood has altogether spent more than a decade and a half at Ernst & Young across two stints dating back to 1998, including a period with the firm in Pittsburgh.

He also spent two years with Capgemini in the US following the 2002 sale of EY’s consulting business to the French consultancy, before later founding e-procurement software company Unimarket and returning to New Zealand. He rejoined EY as a director in 2012.

Having served as the regional head of digital engineering since 2022, Lukas Bower has now had Oceania financial services GenAI leadership added to his responsibilities, with EY last year committing $1.4 billion globally to build out its capabilities.

Prior to joining the firm as a partner in 2021, Bower was consulting managing director for Accenture acquisition Industrie&Co, before which he served in a number of senior technology leadership roles in Sydney and the US.

After nearly six years serving as CEO of health & fitness company Australian Life Tech, David Jackson has been recruited by EY to lead its Oceania private equity business consulting offering out of Melbourne, bringing earlier experience as head of corporate investments at alternative manager Wingate. A practising solicitor, Jackson earlier spent the best part of a decade as an M&A strategy consultant at PwC, including for a period based in New York.