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Sidney Taurel

Sidney Taurel

Experienced Chairman: FTSE 100, S&P 100, S&P 500, Public Sector
Experienced CEO: Public Sector

  • 34 years of international senior leadership experience
  • Multi-industry knowledge in education, finance, pharmaceuticals, publishing, technology
  • Experience as Chief Operating Officer, Remuneration Committee Chair, Business Development Committee member, Compensation Committee member, Executive Committee member, Governance Committee member
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Sidney Taurel is Chairman of Pearson plc, the world’s largest publishing and education company. He is also Chairman Emeritus at Eli Lilly & Co. and an Advisory Board member of the Spanish pharmaceutical company Almirall SA.

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Sidney spent most of his career with the global pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly & Co., where he served as CEO and Chairman up to 2008, becoming Chairman Emeritus in 2009.

During his time at Eli Lilly, Sidney also held three US Presidential appointments, serving firstly as a Council Member of the President’s Homeland Security Advisory Council, then on the President’s Export Council, and in 2007 becoming a member of the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations.

Sidney was a member of the Boards of ITT Inc. where he chaired the Audit Committee, IBM Corp. where he was a Board Director and Chairman of the Compensation Committee and of the McGraw-Hill companies (now S&P Global), where he chaired the Remuneration Committee.

He was also a Partner at Capital Royalty LP, now the CRG LP, and an Advisory Board member at the global investment bank Moelis & Co. and at the Japanese company Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.

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Roberto Quarta

Roberto Quarta

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). 

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Baroness Sarah Hogg

Baroness Sarah Hogg

Baroness Sarah Hogg is currently a Senior Independent Director of Royal Mail plc. She holds a Non-Executive Directorship at The Times Newspaper Holdings Limited. Baroness Hogg has extensive experience of business, government and the media, having worked at the highest level in all three sectors.

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Philippe Varin CBE

Philippe Varin CBE

Philippe Varin is the Chairman of Suez, a world’s leading environmental company dedicated to water and waste management, Chairman of France Industrie and Vice Chairman of the Conseil National de l’Industrie. He is also an Independent Director on the Boards of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain SA, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and Saint Joseph Paris Hospital.

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Wout Dekker

Wout Dekker

Wout Dekker is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Randstad N.V. and a member of the Supervisory Board of SHV Holdings N.V., Royal Friesland Campina N.V. and Pon Holdings N.V. He is also a member of the Paine Schwartz Partners Food Chain Advisory Board.

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