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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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Current Positions

Sidney Taurel is the current Chairman of Pearson plc, the world’s largest publishing and education company. He is also a Board Director and Chairman of the Compensation Committee at IBM Corporation, Chairman Emeritus at Eli Lilly & Co and an Advisory Board member of the Spanish pharmaceutical company Almirall SA.

Industry Knowledge

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, 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 Limited.

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Sir Peter Bazalgette

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Professor Dr Óscar Fanjul

Professor Dr Óscar Fanjul

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Victor Chu

Victor Chu

Victor Chu is Chairman of First Eastern Investment Group, a leading Hong Kong-based international investment firm, and Non-Executive Director of Airbus SE. Victor has served as Director and Council Member of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, as a member of the Hong Kong Takeovers and Mergers Panel and an Advisory Committee Member of the Securities and Futures Commission.

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Dr Jeroen van der Veer

Dr Jeroen van der Veer

Dr Jeroen van der Veer is Chairman of Koninklijke Philips N.V. and Boskalis Westminster Group. He is Deputy Chair of Equinor ASA (previously Statoil ASA). Jeroen was previously CEO of Royal Dutch Shell plc, Chairman of ING Groep N.V. and Vice Chairman of Unilever. He was also a Supervisory Board member of the Dutch Central Bank.

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