Previously Chairman of Rio Tinto, SABMiller, British American Tobacco and RHM; Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Lloyds Banking Group and Senior Independent Director of the retailer Marks & Spencer. In his operational life, Jan was Group Finance Director of Compagnie Financière Richemont, the Swiss luxury-goods group, during which time he also served for a while as Group Finance Director of Rothmans International.
Since 2004, after serving as Group Finance Director of Richemont for 16 years, he has been pursuing a career as Chairman, subsequently gaining significant experience as Chairman and Non-Executive Director on the Boards of FTSE 100 companies across various sectors.
Jan has mostly worked for multi-national companies with extensive international operations and has an in-depth understanding of corporate governance practices in various jurisdictions. He has served on the Boards of large quoted companies incorporated in the UK, Australia, Switzerland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the US and Canada.