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Roberto Quarta

Roberto Quarta

Experienced Chair: CAC All-Tradable, FTSE 100, FTSE 250, SBF 120, Public Sector, Private Sector, Private Equity
Experienced CEO: Public Sector, Private Sector

  • 27 years of international senior leadership experience
  • Multi-industry knowledge of private equity, media & entertainment, medical technology, defence, aerospace and security, distribution (electrical supplies), engineering and machinery
  • Experience as a Governance Committee Chair, Nomination Committee Chair, Audit Committee member, Business Development Committee member, Compensation Committee member, Management Development Committee member, Strategy Committee member
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Current Positions

Roberto Quarta is currently Chairman of WPP plc and of Smith & Nephew plc, a FTSE 100-listed global medical-devices company. He is also Partner and Chairman of the private-equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Europe LLC (CD&R). 

Industry Knowledge

Roberto was Chief Executive and then Chairman of BB Aviation plc, Chairman of Rexel SA and IMI plc and a Non-Executive Director at BAE Systems plc, Equant NV, Foster Wheeler AG and PowerGen plc.

Roberto has an in-depth understanding of differing global governance requirements, having served as a Director and Chair of a number of UK and international companies.

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Dr Chris Gibson-Smith CBE

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Dr Vivienne Cox CBE

Dr Vivienne Cox CBE

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Sir Michael (Mike) Rake FCA, FCGI

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