John F. Ferraro

John F. FerraroChair of the Marquette Board

John F. Ferraro, Bus Ad ’77, was elected to the Marquette University Board of Trustees in 2006, served as vice chair from 2011 to 2014, and was elected chair in 2014.

He served as the global chief operating officer for Ernst & Young, responsible for the overall operations of Ernst & Young worldwide, until retiring in 2015. Ernst & Young is a leading professional services firm with more than 175,000 people in over 145 countries worldwide. John served as the senior advisory partner on some of the firm’s largest and global accounts.

John began his career with Ernst & Young in 1977 in Milwaukee and served a variety of global companies during the past 36 years. He has worked in Europe (London and Rome), throughout the Midwest (Chicago, Cleveland and Kansas City) and New York. John was admitted to the partnership in 1988 and has previously served as U.S. vice chairman of sales and marketing, global vice chairman of assurance and advisory business services, and Americas vice chairman of markets.

John has also served on the board of Intellinex LLC, a Cleveland-based learning enterprise, and as a member of the Audit Committee Leadership Network, a select group of twelve audit committee chairpersons from leading global companies. Active in civic and charitable organizations throughout his career, John currently is a member of the Boston College High School board of trustees and sits on the board of the Business Council for International Understanding. He is a CPA and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Born in Boston, John spent his early years in nearby Cambridge with his supportive parents and ten brothers and sisters. He is a graduate of Marquette University with a bachelor of science in business administration and is married to his college classmate, Barbara. They have a daughter, Clare, and a son, Daniel. In addition to his family, John enjoys golf, travel and history.

John was recognized by Marquette’s College of Business Administration as Alumnus of the Year in 2008. He is a member of the Marquette University President’s Society and the Marquette University Legacy Society.