John Walker was appointed Chair of the Board of Directors of InfraCo Asia on 15 January 2016. Within the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) of companies, John is a Director of PIDG Ltd and Vice Chair Asia for PIDG. John is also the Chairman of Eastpoint Partners Limited, Chairman of Camarata Music (a leading not-for-profit music company in Korea) and former Chairman of Macquarie Capital, Asia.
In his 22 years with the Macquarie Group, John established its Korean business, growing a team of 3 in the year 2000, to a business with over 300 staff today. The Macquarie Group of Companies is now the largest foreign asset manager in Korea, comprising 12 businesses, 7 funds, and over $A8 billion in total value of infrastructure assets invested in South Korea and abroad. Under John’s leadership, Macquarie significantly expanded its presence in infrastructure throughout Asia, with many roles in emerging and developed market PPPs, M&As, unlisted and listed capital raisings. In this period, Macquarie advised on the largest ever hostile-takeover defence in Hong Kong, the largest cross border M&A into Australia and closed the first and largest infrastructure fund dedicated to the Philippines.
John has also worked with the Australian government to deliver several large private infrastructure projects. In 1999, he became a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to economic reform and the design of the transportation plan for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. John has also received a Presidential citation in the Republic of Korea for his contribution to the development of South Korean capital markets. John’s community involvement includes raising funds to support refugees and environmental organisations through his published children’s books and three music albums.