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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 the Chair of Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc. and is Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee at Diageo. She is Non-Executive Director of BHP, where she chairs the Remuneration Committee, and of Unilever and the UK’s National Health Service (NHS-England). She is also a member of The Takeover Panel in the UK.

Industry Knowledge

Susan previously served as Chairman of Shire plc until its sale in January 2019 to Takeda, and served on the Boards of BBA Aviation, where she was Senior Independent Director and Remuneration Committee Chairman, Goldman Sachs International, Coca-Cola HBC AG, Keurig Green Mountain, where she chaired the Audit Committee, and L’Occitane SA, where she chaired the Remuneration Committee. From 2009 to 2014, Susan was a Senior Advisor at Credit Suisse where she focused on senior-level coverage of global corporations.

Susan joined The First Boston Corp., a predecessor company of Credit Suisse, in 1980, working in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group in New York until 1992. She later moved to London as Head of Credit Suisse’s European Consumer, Retail & Services group in Investment Banking, and from 2002 until 2007 was Head of Mergers & Acquisitions and Strategic Advisory for EMEA and later Chairman, prior to being named a Senior Advisor.

In 2007, Susan was recognised by by both “Forbes” and “Financial News” as one of the Top Ten Women in Finance, and was again recognised by “Financial News” each year from 2008 to 2011. From 2010 to 2013 she was Chairman of the international region of C200, an organisation composed of leading women in business globally, and was a founding member of the Competitor Diversity Forum in London.

Susan is a Senior Visiting Fellow of Cass Business School in London and Chairman of the M&A Research Centre at Cass. She is a member of Wellesley College’s President’s Advisory Council and its Business Leadership Council, serves on the Board of Advisors of the Gordon A. Rich Foundation and the Advisory Board of the Diligent Institute, and acts as a Senior Industry Advisor for Star Mountain Capital.

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Sir John Manzoni

Sir John Manzoni

John Manzoni is the incoming Chairman of SSE, the UK utility, Chair Elect of the Atomic Weapons Establishment, a non- departmental UK Government body central to the UK’s nuclear defence strategy and Continuous at Sea Deterrent. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Diageo plc, and serves on the Global Leadership Council of the Said Business School.

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Sir Roger Carr

Sir Roger Carr

Sir Roger Carr is the Chairman of BAE Systems plc and a Senior Advisor to Kohlberg Kravis and Roberts & Co LP. In addition, he is Chairman of the English National Ballet, Vice-President of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, and a Visiting Fellow of Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

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Vagn Sørensen

Vagn Sørensen

Vagn Sørensen is Chairman of Air Canada Inc, Chairman of FLSmidth & Co A/S and Scandlines A/S, Zebra A/S (Tiger) and TIA Technology A/S. Vagn is also Vice Chairman of Nordic Aviation Capital, a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited, CNH Industrial, Unilode Aviation Solutions, VFS Global AG and a Senior Advisor to EQT Partners A/S.

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