John S Horvath

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John S Horvath was The Australian Government Chief Medical Officer (CMO) from 2003 to 2009 and is now the Deputy Chairman for Crown Resorts Ltd. Horvath has close ties to the Packer family, previously a personal physician to the late Kerry Packer.

Current Positions

Deputy Chairman at Crown Resorts Ltd.
Group Chief Medical Officer of Ramsay Health Care
Director of the Ramsay Hospital Medical Research Institute
Director of the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation.

Previous Positions

Australian Government Chief Medical Officer (CMO) from 2003 to 2009.
Principal Medical Consultant to the Commonwealth Department from 2003 to 2016.

Served as Chair of the Health Committee on the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
Principal Medical Consultant to the Department of Health and Ageing from 2009 to 2015.
Board member of the Garvan Institute.
Member of the Advisory Council to the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation Agency.
Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney.
Member of the Finance and Administration Committee of the School of Medicine at the University of Sydney.
Member of the Ministerial Advisory Council to the Minister of Health.

Revolving Door

Horvath was appointed Deputy Chairman at Crown Resorts Ltd in January 2020. Horvath’s board committee memberships include:

  • Chair of the Occupational Health and Safety Committee.
  • Chair of the Responsible Gaming Committee.
  • Member of the Corporate Responsibility Committee.
  • Member of the People, Remuneration and Nomination Committee.

Related Items

Horvath previously practiced as one of Kerry Packer’s former physicians.

In his non-executive role at Crown, “John Horvath’s director’s fees from Crown in 2018 were $285,516 part of more than $2 million he has collected over the years.”

  • As of June 2020, “the total compensation of John Horvath at Crown Resorts is AUD$310,531.”

Despite his previous role as CMO for the Australian Government, Horvath is considered as an ‘independent’ Director for Crown, as outlined in their 2017 Annual Report. As to Crown’s principle for independence, the report claims “The independence of Directors is assessed against a list of criteria and materiality thresholds. Those criteria have been formally enshrined in the Crown Board Charter. Each Director who is listed as an independent Director complies with the relevant criteria for independence set out in the Crown Board Charter.” This ‘criteria’ is not disclosed in the report.

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