Curriculum Vitae


Date of Birth :

  • 22 July 1937, Johannesburg

Marital Status :

  • Married September 1967.  Two sons

Education :

  • B.A., LL.B. (Wits) (Cum Laude). Winning several academic prizes and awards.
  • Higher Diploma Income Tax, Wits University, S.A.

Career :

  1961 - 1964 Practised as an Attorney.
  1965 - 1979 Practised as a Barrister, being appointed Senior Counsel in 1975.
    Specialised as a commercial Barrister.
  1977 First appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of South Africa.
  1980 Resigned judicial appointment and entered commerce.

Appointment & Fellowships :

  • Honorary President of the Leeds Metropolitan Centre for Governance, Leadership and Global Responsibility
  • Professor Extraordinaire at the University of South Africa in the College of Economic and Management Sciences with a focus on Corporate Citizenship
  • Honorary Professor in the Department of Marketing and Communication Management at the University of Pretoria
  • Visiting Professor in the Rhodes Investec Business School
  • Honorary Professor of University of Cape Town’s College of Accounting
  • First Vice President of the Institute of Directors, Southern Africa
  • Fellow of the Institute of Directors (IoD)
  • Chartered Director (South Africa)
  • Fellow of The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (RSA), United Kingdom
  • Chair of the Good Law Foundation
  • Chair of the Partnership for Transparency Africa
  • Chair Emeritus of the Conscious Company Leadership Academy
  • Patron of The Good Governance Academy
  • Chair Emeritus of the King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa, which has published the King I, King II, King III and King IV Reports on Corporate Governance in South Africa
  • Chairman Emeritus of the International Integrated Reporting Council
  • Chair of the African Integrated Reporting Council
  • Honorary Member of the Board of Athletics South Africa
  • Chair Emeritus of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
  • Honorary Life President of Operation Hunger
  • Honorary President of the Johannesburg Youth Theatre Trust

Corporate Governance :

  • Chair of the Integrated Reporting Committee of South Africa
  • Member of the Private Sector Advisory Group of the World Bank on Corporate Governance
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Central European Corporate Governance Association
  • Chair of the Advisory Board of the  Asian Centre for Corporate Governance
  • Past President of the Commonwealth Association of Corporate Governance (CACG) which published principles of governance for the 54 countries in the Commonwealth
  • Author of The Corporate Citizen (2001), Transient Caretakers (with Teodorina Lessidrenska) (2008),  Integrate – doing business in the 21st century (with Leigh Roberts) (2015), The Chief Value Officer (with Prof Jill Atkins) (2016),  and The Auditor – Quo Vadis (with Prof Linda de Beer) (2018).
  • Member of the International Advisory Board of Tomorrow’s Company, United Kingdom
  • Former Governor of the International Corporate Governance Network
  • Member of the IOD/KPMG Audit Committee Forum which develops position papers for audit committees
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the Independent Directors’ Forum
  • Formaer Adviser to the Mauritian Corporate Governance Committee
  • Trustee of the Dubai Ethics and Resource Centre, which is developing corporate governance for the UAE
  • Member of the Advisory Committee for the Stellenbosch University’s Unit on Corporate governance in Africa
  • Advises, consults, speaks and delivers papers at conferences, universities, on radio and television on corporate, legal, governance and sustainability matters
  • Has spoken and delivered papers in over 60 countries
  • Member of the Committee for Responsible Investment Guidelines for Financial Institutions (CRISA)
  • Member of the IoD’s Sustainability Development Committee
  • Former Non-Executive Chair of the PwC Business School in South Africa with a centre of excellence in Integrated Reporting
  • Member of the advisory board of Environmental P&L account and the “B Team” which includes Jochen Zeitz (Puma) and Richard Branson (Virgin).
  • A member of the strategic advisory board of Futureboards Norway

Company Commissions :

  • Appointed Commissioner of enquiry and inspector into the affairs of companies by the Minister of Trade and Industry; chairman of company scheme meetings on compromises with creditors and shareholders’ rearrangements.

Dispute Resolution :

  • Acts as an arbitrator, mediator and chairman of Appeal Committees and has been appointed as such by the State, the High Court of South Africa, sporting bodies and private sector entities
  • Past Chair of the Final Appeal Committee of the Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa and in that capacity heard and determined all advertising matters on appeal in South Africa
  • Past South African representative and member of the ICC Court of International Commercial Arbitration, Paris until December 2005
  • Former Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Association of South Africa
  • Former director and a founder of the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa
  • Chair of published guidelines on Alternative Dispute Resolution

Papers, Lectures, Presentations and Advisory Work:

  • Numerous papers, advisories, presentations and lectures delivered at national and international conferences, universities, institutions and companies in many countries, on corporate governance, sustainability, advertising, legal and commercial issues. The countries are Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bosnia, Botswana, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Fiji, France, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Seoul, Singapore, Slovak Republic, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Trinidad, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  • Numerous radio and television interviews on corporate governance and sustainability in several countries running his own television programme “King on Governance” on Summit TV in South Africa.

Honorary Degrees:

  • PhD (hc) in law (Wits University, S .A.)
  • Hon LLD (law) Leeds University (UK)
  • Honorary Doctorate Deakin University (Australia)
  • Honorary Doctorate in Commerce Stellenbosch University (SA)


  1959 The Philip Millin Prize as the best student in Mercantile Law.
  1960 The Claude Franks Memorial Prize for the best performance in Jurisprudence and Conflict of Laws.
Society of Advocates Prize for the most distinguished graduate in Law.
  1987 Nominated by Sunday Times Newspaper as one of the five top Businessmen of 1987.
  1987 Nominated by the Star Newspaper as one of the Stars of the Community as part of its centennial celebrations.
  1988 The Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship Award for the tangible and significant assistance given by Mervyn E King in the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations between peoples of the world.
  2001 Special Award from the Investment Analyst Society of S.A. for Mervyn King’s contribution to better Corporate Governance in South Africa.
  2001 Witwatersrand University Alumni Honour Award
  2010 Institute of Internal Auditors South Africa (IIASA) Award for Significant Contribution to the Internal Audit Profession
2010 International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Africa Excel Award for Excellence in Leadership Communication
2011 Green Globe Award for Sustainability.
World Federation of Exchanges – Award for Excellence in recognition of his outstanding efforts on behalf of the advancement of regulated markets.
  2012 International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) – Gold Service Award for his “worldwide contribution to the accountancy profession.”
  2015 Honorary Fellow of CIPR UK
  2016 Ben-Africa Order of the Baobab for his contribution to responsible corporate citizenship.
ICGN Lifetime Achievement Award for Corporate Governance.
  2018 Regenesys Lifetime Achievement Award.
IOD India Global Peacock Award for Lifetime Contribution to Corporate Governance and Sustainability.
Asian Centre for Corporate Governance and Sustainability, Global Award in recognition of Lifetime Contribution to Corporate Governance, Sustainability and Integrated Reporting.
Regenesys Business School Lifetime Achievement Award

Honorary Appointments :

  • Past Chair and member of the United Nations Steering Committee of eminent persons who reviewed the governance and oversight within the United Nations, its funds, programmes and specialised agencies
  • Member of the Institute of Estate Agents of South Africa (Southern Transvaal Region)
  • Patron of The Company Secretary Interest Group
  • First Vice-President of the Institute of Directors, South Africa


Appointments Previously Held:

  • Member of the International Advisory Board of Stern Stewart of New York
  • Member of the International Advisory Board of Cartica Capital, Washington
  • Director of the Advisory Board of the South African Savings Institute
  • Expert Adviser to the Finance and Audit Committee on the work of the Office of the Inspector General in Geneva
  • President of the Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa
  • Chair of Operation Hunger
  • Chair of the Appeal Committee of Cricket South Africa
  • Chair of the Global Reporting Initiative
  • Deputy Chair of the International Integrated Reporting Committee, formed to establish a framework for integrated reporting worldwide
  • Chair – Share Transactions Totally Electronic (STRATE)
  • Deputy Chair of the Securities Regulation Panel which regulates mergers and acquisitions in South Africa
  • Director, JD Group Limited and Chair of its Audit Committee
  • Chair of Brait Société Anonyme, Luxembourg being the holding company of the largest private equity business in Africa listed on the Luxembourg, London and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges and Chair of its Audit Committee
  • Chair, Walter Sisulu Paediatric Cardiac Centre for Africa
  • Chair of the Executive Committee of the South African Council of the International Chamber of Commerce
  • Chair, Automobile Association of South Africa
  • Chair, Board of Governors of the University of the Witwatersrand Foundation, where he was the driving force and raised the money (R100m) to establish the Wits University Donald Gordon Medical Centre
  • Chair of the Advisory Board of the Wits University Donald Gordon Medical Centre (WDGMC)
  • President of GreaterGood South Africa, a not for profit social investment services organisation which researches social developments and measures the impact on the lives of others made by investing in a development. It also is the proprietor of the South African Social Investment Exchange
  • Chair, Dunlop Tyres International
  • Executive Chair of First National Bank’s Corporate and Investment Banking Group
  • Director, First National Bank Holdings Limited and First National Bank of Southern Africa Limited
  • Chair, Frame Group Holdings. The Frame Group was one of the largest textile manufacturers in the southern hemisphere.
  • Director, Kirsh Industries Limited and its associated companies
  • Chair, AA Life Limited
  • Chair, Tradegro Limited (controlling company of the then largest chain of wholesale and retail stores in South Africa, including Checkers, Metro Cash & Carry, Dion, Russells, Stuttafords and Cashbuild)
  • Member of the Policy Board for Financial Services and Regulation in South Africa, which board advises the Minister of Finance on policy matters relating to financial services and regulations
  • Member and Vice Chairperson, Standing Advisory Committee on Company Law
  • Chair, Knights Gold Mining Company Limited
  • Chair, S & J Holdings Limited
  • Chair, Capital Alliance Holdings Limited
  • Chair, Romatex Limited
  • President, Textile Federation of South Africa
  • President, South African Chamber of Business (SACOB)
  • Director, Primedia Limited and Primedia Broadcasting Limited
  • Chair, South African Society of Marketers
  • Director, Transvaal Cricket Council
  • Chair, South African Executive Cricket Club
  • Trustee of the National Association of Child Care Workers
  • Council Member, South African Property Owners Association
  • Founder Member of the Consultative Business Movement
  • Commissioner into Athletics in South Africa
  • President, Athletics South Africa
  • President, Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industries
  • Council Member, South Africa Foundation
  • Commissioner into Tennis in South Africa
  • Chair, The Alternative Dispute Resolution Association of South Africa
  • Director, Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa
  • Honorary Vice President of the Alliance Internationale Tourisme, Geneva, 1997/98
  • Chair, Financial Services Boards task group on Insider Trading
  • Chair, South African Sports Commission
  • Director, Fedsure Holdings Limited and certain subsidiaries
  • Chair, Audit Committee of the Department of Justice, South Africa
  • Director, AFGRI Limited
  • Chair of the Good Law Project


  • Music, reading, cricket and walking
  • Conceptualised and raised the funds for the ridge trail stretching some 8kms from Hillbrow in Johannesburg to Gillooly’s Farm in Bedfordview, which the Johannesburg City Council named the Mervyn King Ridge Trail in 1984

Contact Details:
Tel: +27 11 507 1318 
Fax: +27 11 507 1319 
Postal Address: Private Bag X1, Northlands, 2116, South Africa.