John W.H. Denton AO

Chairman - Corrs International Advisory Council.

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John W.H. Denton AO

John W.H. Denton AO is Chairman of Corrs’ International Advisory Council, and was formerly Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Corrs. 

John is the Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). His appointment to this role marked the first time an Australian has held this position.

John was a member of the Australian Government advisory panel overseeing the development of the ‘Australia in the Asian Century’ White Paper. He was on the Government’s Cabinet sub-committee for the White Paper review process published in October 2012, and was later a member of the Strategic Advisory Board advising the Government on implementation and emerging policy issues.

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John W.H. Denton AO is Chairman of Corrs’ International Advisory Council, and was formerly Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Corrs. 

John is the Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). His appointment to this role marked the first time an Australian has held this position.

John was a member of the Australian Government advisory panel overseeing the development of the ‘Australia in the Asian Century’ White Paper. He was on the Government’s Cabinet sub-committee for the White Paper review process published in October 2012, and was later a member of the Strategic Advisory Board advising the Government on implementation and emerging policy issues.

A former diplomat, John was a Panel Member of the Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness and was the founding Chairman of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees Australia for more than a decade.

John has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Melbourne, and is a Harvard Business School Alumnus.

“A prominent figure in ... Business circles ... A consummate networker with connections across the spectrum, from the corporate world, to the arts and into politics.” Fairfax Press
John W.H. Denton AO

John's Leadership

  • Corrs International Advisory Council Chairman
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Secretary General
    Executive Board Member
    G20 CEO Advisory Group Member
  • IFM Global Investors Board Member
  • UN Global Compact Board Member
  • Veracity Worldwide Advisory Board Asia Pacific Chair
  • Business Council of Australia (BCA) Chairman (emeritus) - Global Engagement Taskforce
  • B20 Financing Growth & Infrastructure Taskforce Co-Chair
  • Australia-China CEO Roundtable Founding Member
  • Experts Group on Trade and Investment in Indonesia Chairman (emeritus)
  • Harvard Business School Alumnus

What others say

  • “The legal profession has a new male champion of change in John Denton” The Australian
  • “A doyen of Australian policy in China” The Australian
  • “John Denton is a man on a mission” Australian Legal Business
  • “The Denton web of influence extends far and wide” Australian Legal Business
  • “Best Lawyer - Labour” Asialaw Leading Lawyers Survey
  • “Best Lawyer - Employee benefits law” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2013-2018
  • “Best Lawyer - Trade law” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2010-2018
  • “Best Lawyer - Government practice” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2009-2018

John's Thinking