Norman Disney & Young (NDY) announces the appointment of current NDY Chief Operating Officer, Stuart Fowler as the new CEO. Stuart Fowler comes in place of current CEO Ian Hopkins who will be stepping down from the top role in 2015 after 40 years at the company including 19 years as CEO.

NDY Chairman Paul Cooper confirmed these developments on behalf of the Directors and Shareholders. Stuart Fowler will assume charge as CEO, effective March 2015.

Cooper explained that the NDY Board has undertaken a rigorous succession process whereby Ian will remain a director of the NDY Board until December 2015, assisting Stuart with his transition to the CEO role and providing valuable ongoing support and experience to the Board.

Over its 55-year history, NDY has only had two CEOs: David Norman and Ian Hopkins. Fowler said he was deeply honoured by the vote of confidence from the NDY Board and shareholders in taking over the reins of NDY from his mentor and friend. Looking forward to the challenges of the role, he is especially pleased that he will have Ian’s support during his transition to the CEO role, ensuring leadership stability at the company.

Fowler has come up through the NDY ranks, having managed Australian and NZ offices, including a stint as Australian Regional Director and his latest global role as Chief Operating Officer and member of the NDY Board. As he now steps up to the CEO role, Fowler says this succession continues an important period of transformation already underway at the firm.

When he joined NDY as a graduate in 1988, the firm was a boutique Australian operation with one New Zealand office. Under Ian's leadership, NDY expanded into new geographies, embraced new market sectors and grew its global talent pool in excess of 500 employees. Fowler plans to build on this legacy by adding the next chapter to the successful NDY story.