EY promotes Patrick Winter to Managing Partner for Asia Pacific

14 December 2017 Consultancy.asia 3 min. read
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Nineteen-year EY veteran Patrick Winter has been announced as EY’s next Asia Pacific Deputy Managing Partner. The appointment, effective 1 July 2018 will see Winter succeed retiring Steven Phan, who has been with the firm since the transition from Arthur Anderson in 2002.

The Asia-pacific region has witnessed spectacular growth in recent decades, buoyed by strong regional players, large populations and global trade. Lately this has seen the private equity industry’s deal value rise to $92 billion. Professional services have likewise enjoyed booms in the region, with EY recently reporting growing 11.3% in the region so far this year with total local revenues hitting $3.6 billion.

To strengthen the firm’s growing presence in the Asia-Pacific region, set to reach 44,000 people this year, firm veteran Patrick Winter has been called upon to take on the role of EY’s Asia Pacific Area Managing Partner.

The role will see him draw on his more than 19 years at the firm, and 30 years in the industry, initially joining the firm in 1994 as a Director in its Transaction Advisory Services in Australia. In 1998 he became a Partner in the TAS arm, before, in 2002, becoming the firm’s TAS Managing Partner for South Australia, and then in 2008, for New South Wales. In 2010 he took on a more international role for the Asia Pacific division, and since 2013 he has been in his current role of EY’s Asia Pacific Deputy Managing Partner.

Winter holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Finance from the University of South Australia and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Pat Winter - EY Asia Pacific Area Managing Partner-elect

Winter will take over from Steven Phan, the current holder of the post who retires from the firm, on 1 July 2018. He will be tasked with continuing the firm’s growth initiatives in the region, leveraging his background in building the firm’s regional footprints, as well as wider client-related work – leveraging his vast leadership experience in transactions and corporate finance, from, among others, his extensive work related to due diligence and IPOs.

Commenting on the firm’s planned succession, Mark Weinberger, EY’s Global Chairman and CEO, said, “Patrick has a robust track record of engaging with EY people, developing durable relationships and having a deep understanding of the markets. I am confident he will use these strengths and take EY in Asia-Pacific to even greater heights. I look forward to working more closely with Patrick and his team to continue the success in Asia-Pacific.”

Winter said, “Building on the successes of recent years, I look forward to helping to ensure the continued provision of high-quality, innovative services and solutions for EY clients in Asia-Pacific and a stimulating and supportive workplace for EY people, in an increasingly digital and disruptive world.”

Reflecting on Phan’s contribution to the firm’s success, Weinberger added, “Steven has done a tremendous job over the past four years leading EY Asia-Pacific. He has brought greater unity to our organisation in Asia-Pacific, fortified our culture and helped us execute our strategy in the market. He has left a robust legacy in our organisation for future leaders to build on.”

Earlier this month, Synechron appointed former PwC partner Charles Bokman its lead for Asia Pacific