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Susan Kilsby

Susan Kilsby

Experienced Chairman: FTSE 100, Private Company, Public Sector 

  • 18 years of international senior leadership experience
  • Multi-industry knowledge of finance, aviation, consumer goods, retail, mining, pharmaceuticals
  • Experience as an Audit Committee Chair, Compensation Committee Chair, Nomination and Governance Committee Chair 
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Current Positions

Susan Kilsby is a Non-Executive Director of BHP plc and BHP Limited where she Chairs the Remuneration Committee, Fortune Brands Home and Security Inc, Unilever N.V. and Unilever plc, and Diageo plc, where she is Senior Independent Director and Chairs the Remuneration Committee. Susan is also a member of the UK Takeover Panel.

Industry Knowledge

Susan served as Chairman of Shire plc until January 2019 when the Company was sold to Takeda, and she was the Senior Independent Director and Remuneration Committee Chair at BBA Aviation plc. She has also served on the Boards of Coca-Cola HBC AG, Goldman Sachs International, Keurig Green Mountain Inc, where she Chaired the Audit Committee, and L’Occitane SA, where she Chaired the Remuneration Committee.

Susan started her career in investment banking at The First Boston Corporation, a predecessor company of Credit Suisse Group AG, working in the Mergers and Acquisition Group in New York. She later moved to London as Head of Credit Suisse’s European Consumer, Retail & Services group in Investment Banking and was subsequently appointed Chairman and Head of Mergers & Acquisitions for EMEA. 

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Jan du Plessis

Jan du Plessis

Jan du Plessis is currently Chairman of BT Group plc. He was 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.

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Dr Vivienne Cox CBE

Dr Vivienne Cox CBE

Vivienne Cox is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Vallourec SA, a supplier to the energy industry, Senior Independent Director of Pearson plc, a Non-Executive Director of GlaxoSmithKline plc and a member of the board of Stena AB. Vivienne is also Chair of the Rosalind Franklin Institute and Vice-Chair of the Said Business School, Oxford University.

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Dr André Lévy-Lang

Dr André Lévy-Lang

Dr André Lévy-Lang was previously CEO of Paribas Group, Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Rothschild & Co, a member of the Executive Board of the French Banks Association and Chairman of the Finance Committee of the French Employers Association. He is currently Chairman of Les Echos SAS, Board member of Rothschild Martin Maurel and the Institut Français des Relations Internationales. 

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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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