MENTORS

Sir Peter Bonfield

Sir Peter Bonfield

Sir Peter Bonfield began his career with Texas Instruments, based in the US.

After various design, manufacturing and management roles he joined the computer company ICL plc in 1981 as Group Marketing Director and member of the main board.

In 1984 he was appointed Chairman and Managing Director of ICL after its merger with STC, a telecommunications equipment manufacturer.

In 1987 he was also appointed Deputy Chief Executive of STC plc.

In 1990 as Chairman and CEO of ICL, he introduced the Fujitsu Group as a major shareholder to create one of the largest mainframe computer makers outside the US.

In 1996 Sir Peter was appointed CEO and Chairman of the Executive Committee of British Telecommunications, where he served until early 2002. During his tenure, BT was the world's fifth largest telecommunications company, employing over 130,000 people.

Board Mandates

Currently Sir Peter manages a diverse international portfolio of appointments including Chairman of the Board of NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ: NXPI) in the Netherlands.  He holds Directorships on the boards of US based Mentor Graphics Corporation Inc. and Taiwan based semi-conductor company T.S.M.C., where he is also Chairman of the Audit Committee.  He is Chairman of Global Logic Inc., Chair of Council and Senior Pro-Chancellor at Loughborough University, UK and Board Director of the EastWest Institute, USA, a member of The Longreach Group Advisory Board, Senior Advisor to G3 Good Governance Group, Senior Advisor to Alix Partners and a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering.

His career has included Vice-Presidency of the British Quality Foundation, Senior Independent Directorship of  AstraZeneca, Non-Executive Director Dubai International Capital LLC, Actis Capital LLP, Member of the Citigroup International Advisory Board, Advisor to Apax Partners LLP, Senior Advisor to Rothschild, member of Silent Circle’s Advisory Board and Directorships on the Boards of Sony Corporation in Japan, Ericsson in Sweden, the Department for Constitutional Affairs and the Ministry of Justice.  In total he has been a Board Member of 12 quoted companies around the world.

He has been a member of the Trilateral Commission, The European Round Table (Steering Group), The High Level Working Group of the European Information Society, the EU-Japan Business Dialogue Round Table and the Civil Service College Advisory Board.

Awards

Sir Peter was knighted in 1996, awarded the CBE in 1989 and has received honorary doctorates from eleven universities. He was voted one of the top 25 managers of 1996 by 'Business Week' and was awarded the prestigious Order of the Lion of Finland in 1995.  He is an Honorary Citizen of Dallas, USA.

Download this bio as a pdf file

chairman mentors