John F. Ferraro

Former Global Chief Operating Officer of Ernst & Young

Business Experience

Mr. Ferraro was the Global Chief Operating Officer of Ernst & Young, a leading professional services firm, from 2007 to January 2015. In that role, he was responsible for the overall operations and services of Ernst & Young worldwide. Prior to the Global Chief Operating Officer role, Mr. Ferraro served in several leadership positions, including as Global Vice Chair of Audit and as the senior advisory partner on some of the firm's largest accounts. Mr. Ferraro began his career with Ernst & Young Milwaukee in 1976 and has served a variety of global companies. He has worked in Europe (London and Rome), throughout the Midwest (Chicago, Cleveland and Kansas City) and New York. Mr. Ferraro was the Executive Vice President, Strategy and Sales of Aquilon Energy Services, a software company for the energy industry, from February 2019 to July 2019. 


Mr. Ferraro earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Marquette University.


Mr. Ferraro brings to our Board his extensive executive, auditing and accounting experience working with large and global corporations. We benefit from his extensive understanding of global business operations, markets and risks. He also brings his cybersecurity experience based on his past employment position where he supervised the chief information officer and was involved in the development of the company's cyber practice.

Public Board Memberships

  • Advance Auto Parts, Inc., an automotive aftermarket parts provider
  • ManpowerGroup Inc., a global workforce solution and service provider

Additional Accomplishments and Memberships

  • Member of the Global Executive Board of Ernst & Young from 2001-2002 and 2004-2014
  • Founded the Audit Committee Leadership Network in 2003
  • Former Chair of the Board of Trustees of Boston College High School
  • Former Chair of the Board of Trustees of Marquette University
  • Practiced as a CPA and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
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