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Our 56 Mentors

An unrivalled team of individuals with expertise across almost all business sectors and with experience of most business situations.

  • Our Mentors serve or have served on boards spanning 33 countries
  • Are currently or past Chairmen of 163 listed company boards and 124 non-listed company boards
  • Have held or hold 426 executive or non-executive roles on listed company boards

Goran Ando

Göran Ando, MD is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Novo Nordisk A/S and Symphogen A/S. Dr Ando was CEO of Celltech Group plc.

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Goran Ando

Current Positions

Dr Göran Ando MD, is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Novo Nordisk A/S and Symphogen A/S and has extensive board experience from the US and Asia.  Dr Ando also serves as Senior Advisor to EW Healthcare Partners, UK and is a member of the Board at Novo A/S, Denmark, Molecular Partners AG, Switzerland and EUSA Pharma UK.

Background Information

Dr Ando is a specialist in general medicine and a founding fellow of the American College of Rheumatology in the US.  Dr Ando qualified as a medical doctor at Linköping Medical University, Sweden, in 1973 and as a specialist in general medicine at the same institution in 1978.

From 1989 to 1995, Dr Ando was Medical Director, moving to Deputy R&D Director and then R&D Director of Glaxo Group UK.  He was also a member of the Glaxo Group Executive Committee.

From 1995 to 2003 he joined Pharmacia, now Pfizer US, where he was Executive Vice-President and President of R&D with additional responsibilities for manufacturing, IT, business development and Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A).

Dr Ando was CEO of Celltech Group plc UK, until 2004.

Other Notable Interests

Göran Ando is a member of the Board for the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC, US).

In 2002 Dr Ando was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Medicine from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.

Göran Ando is based in London.

 

Vindi Banga

Vindi Banga is currently a partner in the private equity firm CD&R and the Chairman of Kalle GmbH.  Previously he was President of Unilever, Global Foods, Home and Personal Care.

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Vindi Banga

Current Positions

Vindi Banga is currently a partner in the private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R), based in London, and the Chairman of Kalle GmbH, a German global manufacturing company. He is the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Marks & Spencer plc and GlaxoSmithKline plc and a Director of US based personal care firm, High Ridge Brands.

Background Information

Vindi Banga was educated in India and completed his MBA at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

He spent 30 years working with Unilever to become their President, Global Foods, Home and Personal Care, and a member of the Unilever Executive Board.  He has been President of Unilever Asia as well as Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Unilever Ltd, Unilever’s listed company in India.

He left Unilever in 2010 and became a partner in the private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R), based in London and has set up a partnership private equity firm, Kedaara Capital Advisers, which is solely investing in India.

Mr Banga was a Non-Executive Director of Thomson Reuters Corporation from 2009 until 2016.

He is a member of the UK India CEO Forum, established by the UK and Indian Prime Ministers in 2015. He also serves on the Board of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).  He was on the Indian Prime Minister’s Council for Trade & Industry from 2004 until 2014.

He is on the Advisory Board of the Saïd Business School, Oxford and the Supervisory Board of the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad; and was on the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and the Advisory Board of Wharton.

Other Notable Interests

Mr Banga is Chair of Marie Curie, a UK based charity.

In 2010 Mr Banga was awarded the Padma Bhushan, one of India’s highest civilian honours, by the Prime Minister of India.  In the same year he was also awarded the CNBC International Businessman Award.

He has also been awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001 by the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi.

Mr Banga is based in London.

 

Sarah Bates

Sarah Bates is Chairman of St James’s Place and Polar Capital Technology Trust.  She was previously Chairman of Witan Pacific Investment Trust and of JP Morgan American Investment Trust.

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Sarah Bates

Current Positions

Sarah Bates has been a Non-Executive Director of St James’s Place since 2004 and became its Chairman in 2014.  She is also Chairman of Polar Capital Technology Trust and a Non-Executive Director of the Worldwide Healthcare Trust, Chairman of the Investment Panel of St Joseph’s Hospice and has a number of other advisory roles.

Background Information

Sarah Bates has an MBA specialising in investment and finance from the London Business School.  She has over thirty-five years’ experience of the investment and investment management sectors.  Sarah started life as an analyst with Simon & Coates and worked her way up through Invesco Ltd to become joint Chief Investment Officer and Chief Executive of the institutional business in the UK.  She has therefore significant experience of institutional investment.

Ms Bates was appointed to several roles from the early 2000s, generally in the investment world.  She was appointed to the Boards of Witan Pacific Investment Trust and of JP Morgan American Investment Trust, and became Chairman of both, from which posts she retired last year.

She was also Chairman of the Audit Committee of New India Investment Trust, amongst other investment company Board roles.  She was elected to the Board of the Association of Investment Companies in 2006 and elected Chairman in 2011.  She was an ex-officio member of the Takeover Panel in that capacity.  At St James’s Place Wealth Management, Sarah has chaired the Nomination, Investment and Remuneration Committees.

In the property world, she was appointed a Non-Executive Director of U and I Group plc, and Chairman of its Audit Committee (and later SID), and Chairman of a small Russian property company.

Ms Bates has also considerable experience in the pension fund world, including as an external advisor, Chairman of Trustees and a member of pension fund investment committees. She was appointed Chairman of the Cancer Research UK Pension Fund Investment Committee and is now a special member of the USS Investment Committee.

Other Notable Interests

Sarah Bates has been elected a Fellow of the CFA Society of the UK.

Sarah Bates is based in London.

 

Sir Peter Bazalgette

Sir Peter Bazalgette is Chairman of ITV, a FTSE 100 media and entertainment company.  He also serves on the Advisory Boards of advertising agency BBH and the market research group YouGov and is also on the Board of UK Research & Innovation.

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Peter Bazalgette

Current Positions

Sir Peter Bazalgette is Chairman of ITV. Sir Peter serves on the Advisory Boards of advertising agency BBH and the market research group, YouGov.  He is also on the Board of UK Research & Innovation.

He is a fellow of BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and was knighted for services to broadcasting in 2012.

Background Information

Sir Peter was Chairman of Endemol UK and a former Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Government Ministry for Culture, Media & Sport.  He chaired the Holocaust Memorial Foundation from 2015 – 2018 and was Chair of the Arts Council England from 2013 – 2017. 

He is also a former President of the Royal Television Society and Deputy Chair of the National Film & TV School.

Other Notable Interests

Sir Peter has spent a lifetime in TV production, helping to create the UK’s successful independent production sector. He is a media consultant and digital media investor.  He is a frequent contributor to publications such as the FT, The Times and The Guardian about the business and matters of public policy.   

He is also currently Chair of the Baillie Gifford Non-Fiction Book Prize and is himself a published writer.

Sir Peter Bazalgette is based in London.

 

Daniel Bernard

Daniel Bernard is Vice-President of CapGemini.  He was previously the Chairman of Kingfisher and CEO and Chairman of Carrefour.

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Daniel Bernard

Current Positions

Daniel Bernard is currently Vice-President of CapGemini, President of Provestis, his own investment company and a Senior Advisor to Towerbrook Capital Partners (London, New York). He is also the Honorary President of the HEC Business School Foundation in Paris and a member of the Board of HEC.

Background Information

Daniel Bernard started his career in the retail distribution sector with Metro International AG in Germany.  Successively he became the General Manager of France, then Executive Vice- President, responsible for commercial activities and Chief Operating Officer, International.

He joined Carrefour in 1992 as CEO and was appointed Chairman and CEO in 1998, positions held until 2005.  Under his tenure, Carrefour became the second biggest retailer in the world after Walmart.

In 2006 he became Vice-Chairman of Kingfisher plc and Chairman in 2009 until he stepped down in March 2017.

He was an independent Non-Executive Director on the Board of Saint-Gobain for six years until 2006, and of Alcatel Lucent until May 2014.

From 2010 to 2015 Mr Bernard was Chairman of the Majid Al Futtaim Retail Group and he was also President of the HEC Foundation, the leading French business School, where he is now Honorary President.

Other Notable Interests

Mr Bernard was given the Manager of the Year Award in France in 1995 and subsequently several foreign Governmental awards.

He is a Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur and Officier du Mérite National.

Mr Bernard is based in Paris.

 

Goran Ando

Current Positions

Dr Göran Ando MD, is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Novo Nordisk A/S and Symphogen A/S and has extensive board experience from the US and Asia.  Dr Ando also serves as Senior Advisor to EW Healthcare Partners, UK and is a member of the Board at Novo A/S, Denmark, Molecular Partners AG, Switzerland and EUSA Pharma UK.

Background Information

Dr Ando is a specialist in general medicine and a founding fellow of the American College of Rheumatology in the US.  Dr Ando qualified as a medical doctor at Linköping Medical University, Sweden, in 1973 and as a specialist in general medicine at the same institution in 1978.

From 1989 to 1995, Dr Ando was Medical Director, moving to Deputy R&D Director and then R&D Director of Glaxo Group UK.  He was also a member of the Glaxo Group Executive Committee.

From 1995 to 2003 he joined Pharmacia, now Pfizer US, where he was Executive Vice-President and President of R&D with additional responsibilities for manufacturing, IT, business development and Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A).

Dr Ando was CEO of Celltech Group plc UK, until 2004.

Other Notable Interests

Göran Ando is a member of the Board for the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC, US).

In 2002 Dr Ando was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Medicine from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.

Göran Ando is based in London.

Vindi Banga

Current Positions

Vindi Banga is currently a partner in the private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R), based in London, and the Chairman of Kalle GmbH, a German global manufacturing company. He is the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Marks & Spencer plc and GlaxoSmithKline plc and a Director of US based personal care firm, High Ridge Brands.

Background Information

Vindi Banga was educated in India and completed his MBA at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

He spent 30 years working with Unilever to become their President, Global Foods, Home and Personal Care, and a member of the Unilever Executive Board.  He has been President of Unilever Asia as well as Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Unilever Ltd, Unilever’s listed company in India.

He left Unilever in 2010 and became a partner in the private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R), based in London and has set up a partnership private equity firm, Kedaara Capital Advisers, which is solely investing in India.

Mr Banga was a Non-Executive Director of Thomson Reuters Corporation from 2009 until 2016.

He is a member of the UK India CEO Forum, established by the UK and Indian Prime Ministers in 2015. He also serves on the Board of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).  He was on the Indian Prime Minister’s Council for Trade & Industry from 2004 until 2014.

He is on the Advisory Board of the Saïd Business School, Oxford and the Supervisory Board of the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad; and was on the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and the Advisory Board of Wharton.

Other Notable Interests

Mr Banga is Chair of Marie Curie, a UK based charity.

In 2010 Mr Banga was awarded the Padma Bhushan, one of India’s highest civilian honours, by the Prime Minister of India.  In the same year he was also awarded the CNBC International Businessman Award.

He has also been awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001 by the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi.

Mr Banga is based in London.

Sarah Bates

Current Positions

Sarah Bates has been a Non-Executive Director of St James’s Place since 2004 and became its Chairman in 2014.  She is also Chairman of Polar Capital Technology Trust and a Non-Executive Director of the Worldwide Healthcare Trust, Chairman of the Investment Panel of St Joseph’s Hospice and has a number of other advisory roles.

Background Information

Sarah Bates has an MBA specialising in investment and finance from the London Business School.  She has over thirty-five years’ experience of the investment and investment management sectors.  Sarah started life as an analyst with Simon & Coates and worked her way up through Invesco Ltd to become joint Chief Investment Officer and Chief Executive of the institutional business in the UK.  She has therefore significant experience of institutional investment.

Ms Bates was appointed to several roles from the early 2000s, generally in the investment world.  She was appointed to the Boards of Witan Pacific Investment Trust and of JP Morgan American Investment Trust, and became Chairman of both, from which posts she retired last year.

She was also Chairman of the Audit Committee of New India Investment Trust, amongst other investment company Board roles.  She was elected to the Board of the Association of Investment Companies in 2006 and elected Chairman in 2011.  She was an ex-officio member of the Takeover Panel in that capacity.  At St James’s Place Wealth Management, Sarah has chaired the Nomination, Investment and Remuneration Committees.

In the property world, she was appointed a Non-Executive Director of U and I Group plc, and Chairman of its Audit Committee (and later SID), and Chairman of a small Russian property company.

Ms Bates has also considerable experience in the pension fund world, including as an external advisor, Chairman of Trustees and a member of pension fund investment committees. She was appointed Chairman of the Cancer Research UK Pension Fund Investment Committee and is now a special member of the USS Investment Committee.

Other Notable Interests

Sarah Bates has been elected a Fellow of the CFA Society of the UK.

Sarah Bates is based in London.

Peter Bazalgette

Current Positions

Sir Peter Bazalgette is Chairman of ITV. Sir Peter serves on the Advisory Boards of advertising agency BBH and the market research group, YouGov.  He is also on the Board of UK Research & Innovation.

He is a fellow of BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and was knighted for services to broadcasting in 2012.

Background Information

Sir Peter was Chairman of Endemol UK and a former Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Government Ministry for Culture, Media & Sport.  He chaired the Holocaust Memorial Foundation from 2015 – 2018 and was Chair of the Arts Council England from 2013 – 2017. 

He is also a former President of the Royal Television Society and Deputy Chair of the National Film & TV School.

Other Notable Interests

Sir Peter has spent a lifetime in TV production, helping to create the UK’s successful independent production sector. He is a media consultant and digital media investor.  He is a frequent contributor to publications such as the FT, The Times and The Guardian about the business and matters of public policy.   

He is also currently Chair of the Baillie Gifford Non-Fiction Book Prize and is himself a published writer.

Sir Peter Bazalgette is based in London.

Daniel Bernard

Current Positions

Daniel Bernard is currently Vice-President of CapGemini, President of Provestis, his own investment company and a Senior Advisor to Towerbrook Capital Partners (London, New York). He is also the Honorary President of the HEC Business School Foundation in Paris and a member of the Board of HEC.

Background Information

Daniel Bernard started his career in the retail distribution sector with Metro International AG in Germany.  Successively he became the General Manager of France, then Executive Vice- President, responsible for commercial activities and Chief Operating Officer, International.

He joined Carrefour in 1992 as CEO and was appointed Chairman and CEO in 1998, positions held until 2005.  Under his tenure, Carrefour became the second biggest retailer in the world after Walmart.

In 2006 he became Vice-Chairman of Kingfisher plc and Chairman in 2009 until he stepped down in March 2017.

He was an independent Non-Executive Director on the Board of Saint-Gobain for six years until 2006, and of Alcatel Lucent until May 2014.

From 2010 to 2015 Mr Bernard was Chairman of the Majid Al Futtaim Retail Group and he was also President of the HEC Foundation, the leading French business School, where he is now Honorary President.

Other Notable Interests

Mr Bernard was given the Manager of the Year Award in France in 1995 and subsequently several foreign Governmental awards.

He is a Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur and Officier du Mérite National.

Mr Bernard is based in Paris.

Sir Winfired Bischoff

Sir Win Bischoff is Chairman of the Financial Reporting Council and of JP Morgan Securities plc. Previously he was Chairman of Lloyds Banking Group plc.

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Winfired Bischoff

Current Positions

Sir Win Bischoff is currently the Chairman of the Financial Reporting Council and of JP Morgan Securities plc and is a member of the International Advisory Board of Akbank TAS, Turkey.

Background Information

The whole of Sir Win's executive career has been spent in the banking industry.  He started his career at Schroders in 1966 and was appointed Group Chief Executive of Schroders plc in December 1984 and Chairman in May 1995.

Following the acquisition of Schroders' investment banking business by Citigroup in April 2000, Sir Win became Chairman of Citigroup Europe until his retirement in 2009.  In 2007 he served as Citigroup’s acting Chief Executive Officer.

Sir Win has served on the Boards of 10 major public companies: 5 in the UK, 3 in the United States and 2 in Europe.  His previous Directorships include Cable & Wireless plc (1991 - 2003, where he was Deputy Chairman from 1995 to 2003).  IFIL - Finanziaria di Partecipazione SpA (1999 - 2004), Siemens Holdings plc (2001 - 2003), Akbank TAS, Turkey (2007 - 2009), Land Securities plc (1999 - 2008) and Prudential plc (2007 - 2009).

In the United States, Sir Win was a Non-Executive Director of Eli Lilly & Company, (Chairman Audit Committee 2002 - 2006, Chairman Finance Committee) until May 2014 and of S&P Global Inc (1999 to 2017, Chairman Financial Policy Committee 2005 to 2017).

Sir Win was also Chairman of Lloyds Banking Group plc from September 2009 to April 2014.

Other Notable Interests

Sir Win was a member of Institut International d'Etudes Bancaires from 1987 - 2000 and President in 1995.

Between April 2002 and October 2010 he held the post of Chairman of the National Advisory Board of UK Career Academy Foundation.

Sir Win was co-Chairman with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling MP, of a report on UK International Financial Services - the future and Chairman of the Advisory Council of TheCityUK from 2010-2014, the body set up to promote the financial and associated professional services industry of the UK in response to that report.

He was awarded a knighthood in the New Year Honours list in 2000 for services to the banking industry, and an Honorary Doctorate in Science by City University, London in the same year.

In 2008 he was named at the top of the 100 Most Influential Business Leaders in the Times Power list of the Times Newspapers Ltd and in 2016 was awarded a Non-Executive Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Sir Win Bischoff is based in London. 

 

Sir Peter Bonfield, CBE, FREng

Sir Peter is Chairman of NXP and GobalLogic. Previously he has been Chairman and CEO of BT Group and ICL plc and Deputy CEO of STC plc.

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Peter Bonfield, CBE, FREng

Current Positions

Sir Peter Bonfield is currently Chairman of NXP, the world’s fifth largest semiconductor company based in Holland and also Chairman of software group, GobalLogic, based in Silicon Valley.  He is a Director and Chair of Audit at Taiwan based semi-conductor company TSMC.  He is a member of The Longreach Group Advisory Board, Hong Kong, Senior Advisor to Alix Partners, Senior Advisor to The Hampton Group and on the UK and USA Boards of the EastWest Institute.

Background Information

Sir Peter Bonfield has over 50 years’ experience in the international technology business.  He began his career with Texas Instruments, based in the US.  After various design, manufacturing and management roles he joined the computer company ICL plc in 1981 as Group Marketing Director and member of the Main Board.  In 1984 he was appointed Chairman and Managing Director of ICL after its merger with STC, a telecommunications equipment manufacturer.  In 1987 he was also appointed Deputy Chief Executive of STC plc.

In 1990 as Chairman and CEO of ICL, he introduced the Fujitsu Group as a major shareholder to create one of the largest mainframe computer makers outside the US.

In 1996 Sir Peter was appointed CEO and Chairman of the Executive Committee of British Telecommunications, where he served until early 2002.  During his tenure, BT was the world's fifth largest telecommunications company, employing over 130,000 people.

Sir Peter has served on the Boards of 12 international technology companies including Sony Corp, Japan and Ericsson, Sweden.  His career has included Vice-Presidency of the British Quality Foundation, Senior Independent Directorship of  AstraZeneca, Non-Executive Director Dubai International Capital LLC, Actis Capital LLP, member of the Citigroup International Advisory Board, Advisor to Apax Partners LLP, Senior Advisor to Rothschild, Senior Advisor to G3 Good Governance Group, member of Silent Circle’s Advisory Board and Directorships on the Boards of Mentor Graphics in the USA, the UK Department for Constitutional Affairs and the Ministry of Justice.  

Other Notable Interests

Sir Peter has been a member of the Trilateral Commission, the European Round Table (Steering Group), the High Level Working Group of the European Information Society, the EU-Japan Business Dialogue Round Table and the Civil Service College Advisory Board.  He is an elected Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering and Chairman of Council and Senior Pro-Chancellor at Loughborough University. 

Sir Peter was knighted in 1996, awarded the CBE in 1989 and has received honorary doctorates from eleven universities.  He was voted one of the top 25 managers of 1996 by 'Business Week' and was awarded the prestigious Order of the Lion of Finland in 1995.  He is an Honorary Citizen of Dallas, USA.       

Sir Peter Bonfield is based in London and Dallas.  

 

Gunnar Brock

Gunnar Brock is Chairman of Stena AB and Mölnlycke Health Care AB. He was previously President and CEO of the Alfa Laval Group, Tetra Pak and Atlas Copco Group.

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Gunnar Brock

Current Positions

Gunnar Brock is currently the Chairman of Stena AB and Mölnlycke Health Care AB.  He also currently serves as a Non-Executive Director for Syngenta AG, Patricia AB, Investor AB and Stockholm School of Economics.

Background Information

Gunnar Brock has spent most of his executive career with Tetra Pak, living in six countries on three continents.

During the period 1974-1992 he held various positions, including Country Head and Executive Vice-President of the Tetra Pak Group.  In 1992 he became President and CEO of the Alfa Laval Group.

Gunnar returned to the Tetra Pak Group between 1994 and 2000 serving as President and CEO.

He then went on to become President and CEO of Thule International and subsequently, from 2002 to 2009, President and CEO of the Atlas Copco Group.

Mr Brock  was previously a Board member of Lego AS, Denmark (13 years), of Alfa Laval AB, Perstorp AB, Pergo AB, Atlas Copco AB, OMX AB and Total SA and was an Advisor to Credit Suisse.  He has also been Chairman of rolling Optics AB.

Other Notable Interests

Mr Brock is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) and is a Senior Advisor to EQT.

Gunnar Brock was awarded the King’s Medal of the Twelfth Dimension with the Ribbon of the Order of the Seraphims for excellent efforts in Swedish trade issues.

Gunnar Brock is based in Gothenburg and Stockholm. 

 

Donald Brydon CBE

Donald Brydon is currently Chairman of London Stock Exchange Group and of Sage Group plc. He has been Chairman of Royal Mail, Smiths Group, the London Metal Exchange, Amersham and Taylor Nelson Sofres.

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Donald Brydon CBE

Current Positions

Donald Brydon is currently Chairman of London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG), of Sage Group plc and of the Medical Research Council.

Background Information

Donald Brydon had a career in asset management, first at British Airways and then at Barclays where he built the forerunner to today's largest asset manager in the world. He developed indexation and turned Barclays (later BZW) into a major quantitative investment manager.

Following Big Bang he led BZW before building AXA's global investment management business.

Mr Brydon stepped down as Chairman of Royal Mail Group plc in September 2015.

In the past Mr Brydon has been Chairman of Smiths Group plc, the London Metal Exchange, Amersham plc, Taylor Nelson Sofres plc and the ifs School of Finance as well as a Director of Allied Domecq plc and Scottish Power plc.

Other Notable Interests

Donald Brydon is Chairman of the Science Museum Foundation and Chairman of the charity 'Chance to Shine.'   He is a past Chairman of EveryChild.

Mr Brydon was awarded an OBE in 1994 and a CBE in 2004 for services to the financial services industry.

Donald Brydon is baed in London. 

 

Paul Bulcke

Paul Bulcke is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nestlé SA, having been CEO until 2016. He is Vice-Chairman of L'Oréal SA and a Board member of Roche Holding AG. 

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Paul Bulcke

Current Positions

Paul Bulcke is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nestlé SA, having been their CEO until 2016.   He is also Vice-Chairman of L’Oréal SA since April 2017 and is a Board member of Roche Holding AG since 2011.

Background Information

Paul Bulcke has spent almost all of his working life with the Nestlé Group, joining the company in 1979.

In 1980 he was responsible for Ecuador and Chile and then moved on to work in Portugal as Market Head, before covering the Czech and Slovak Republic.  From 2000 to 2004 he was Market Head for Nestlé Germany.

Mr Bulcke joined the Nestlé Executive Board as Executive Vice-President in July 2004, with responsibility for Zone Americas (USA, Canada, Latin America and Caribbean), where he played a decisive role in transforming this region into the Group’s largest and most profitable zone.

In 2008, and with a career of almost 30 years with the Nestlé Group, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer.  At the end of 2016, he handed over the office of CEO and was elected Chairman of the Board of Nestlé SA in April 2017.  In this capacity he is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of Nestlé Skin Health SA and of Nestlé Health Science SA.

Prior to working with Nestlé he worked briefly with Scott Graphics International in Belgium as a Financial Analyst.

Other Notable Interests

Mr Bulcke is a member of the International Business Council for the World Economic Forum (WEF) and a member of the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT).

He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Avenir Suisse as well as a member of the Foundation Board of IMD and Co-Chairman of the 2030 Water Resources Group.

Paul Bulcke is based in Vevey. 

 

Winfired Bischoff

Current Positions

Sir Win Bischoff is currently the Chairman of the Financial Reporting Council and of JP Morgan Securities plc and is a member of the International Advisory Board of Akbank TAS, Turkey.

Background Information

The whole of Sir Win's executive career has been spent in the banking industry.  He started his career at Schroders in 1966 and was appointed Group Chief Executive of Schroders plc in December 1984 and Chairman in May 1995.

Following the acquisition of Schroders' investment banking business by Citigroup in April 2000, Sir Win became Chairman of Citigroup Europe until his retirement in 2009.  In 2007 he served as Citigroup’s acting Chief Executive Officer.

Sir Win has served on the Boards of 10 major public companies: 5 in the UK, 3 in the United States and 2 in Europe.  His previous Directorships include Cable & Wireless plc (1991 - 2003, where he was Deputy Chairman from 1995 to 2003).  IFIL - Finanziaria di Partecipazione SpA (1999 - 2004), Siemens Holdings plc (2001 - 2003), Akbank TAS, Turkey (2007 - 2009), Land Securities plc (1999 - 2008) and Prudential plc (2007 - 2009).

In the United States, Sir Win was a Non-Executive Director of Eli Lilly & Company, (Chairman Audit Committee 2002 - 2006, Chairman Finance Committee) until May 2014 and of S&P Global Inc (1999 to 2017, Chairman Financial Policy Committee 2005 to 2017).

Sir Win was also Chairman of Lloyds Banking Group plc from September 2009 to April 2014.

Other Notable Interests

Sir Win was a member of Institut International d'Etudes Bancaires from 1987 - 2000 and President in 1995.

Between April 2002 and October 2010 he held the post of Chairman of the National Advisory Board of UK Career Academy Foundation.

Sir Win was co-Chairman with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling MP, of a report on UK International Financial Services - the future and Chairman of the Advisory Council of TheCityUK from 2010-2014, the body set up to promote the financial and associated professional services industry of the UK in response to that report.

He was awarded a knighthood in the New Year Honours list in 2000 for services to the banking industry, and an Honorary Doctorate in Science by City University, London in the same year.

In 2008 he was named at the top of the 100 Most Influential Business Leaders in the Times Power list of the Times Newspapers Ltd and in 2016 was awarded a Non-Executive Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Sir Win Bischoff is based in London. 

Peter Bonfield, CBE, FREng

Current Positions

Sir Peter Bonfield is currently Chairman of NXP, the world’s fifth largest semiconductor company based in Holland and also Chairman of software group, GobalLogic, based in Silicon Valley.  He is a Director and Chair of Audit at Taiwan based semi-conductor company TSMC.  He is a member of The Longreach Group Advisory Board, Hong Kong, Senior Advisor to Alix Partners, Senior Advisor to The Hampton Group and on the UK and USA Boards of the EastWest Institute.

Background Information

Sir Peter Bonfield has over 50 years’ experience in the international technology business.  He began his career with Texas Instruments, based in the US.  After various design, manufacturing and management roles he joined the computer company ICL plc in 1981 as Group Marketing Director and member of the Main Board.  In 1984 he was appointed Chairman and Managing Director of ICL after its merger with STC, a telecommunications equipment manufacturer.  In 1987 he was also appointed Deputy Chief Executive of STC plc.

In 1990 as Chairman and CEO of ICL, he introduced the Fujitsu Group as a major shareholder to create one of the largest mainframe computer makers outside the US.

In 1996 Sir Peter was appointed CEO and Chairman of the Executive Committee of British Telecommunications, where he served until early 2002.  During his tenure, BT was the world's fifth largest telecommunications company, employing over 130,000 people.

Sir Peter has served on the Boards of 12 international technology companies including Sony Corp, Japan and Ericsson, Sweden.  His career has included Vice-Presidency of the British Quality Foundation, Senior Independent Directorship of  AstraZeneca, Non-Executive Director Dubai International Capital LLC, Actis Capital LLP, member of the Citigroup International Advisory Board, Advisor to Apax Partners LLP, Senior Advisor to Rothschild, Senior Advisor to G3 Good Governance Group, member of Silent Circle’s Advisory Board and Directorships on the Boards of Mentor Graphics in the USA, the UK Department for Constitutional Affairs and the Ministry of Justice.  

Other Notable Interests

Sir Peter has been a member of the Trilateral Commission, the European Round Table (Steering Group), the High Level Working Group of the European Information Society, the EU-Japan Business Dialogue Round Table and the Civil Service College Advisory Board.  He is an elected Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering and Chairman of Council and Senior Pro-Chancellor at Loughborough University. 

Sir Peter was knighted in 1996, awarded the CBE in 1989 and has received honorary doctorates from eleven universities.  He was voted one of the top 25 managers of 1996 by 'Business Week' and was awarded the prestigious Order of the Lion of Finland in 1995.  He is an Honorary Citizen of Dallas, USA.       

Sir Peter Bonfield is based in London and Dallas.  

Gunnar Brock

Current Positions

Gunnar Brock is currently the Chairman of Stena AB and Mölnlycke Health Care AB.  He also currently serves as a Non-Executive Director for Syngenta AG, Patricia AB, Investor AB and Stockholm School of Economics.

Background Information

Gunnar Brock has spent most of his executive career with Tetra Pak, living in six countries on three continents.

During the period 1974-1992 he held various positions, including Country Head and Executive Vice-President of the Tetra Pak Group.  In 1992 he became President and CEO of the Alfa Laval Group.

Gunnar returned to the Tetra Pak Group between 1994 and 2000 serving as President and CEO.

He then went on to become President and CEO of Thule International and subsequently, from 2002 to 2009, President and CEO of the Atlas Copco Group.

Mr Brock  was previously a Board member of Lego AS, Denmark (13 years), of Alfa Laval AB, Perstorp AB, Pergo AB, Atlas Copco AB, OMX AB and Total SA and was an Advisor to Credit Suisse.  He has also been Chairman of rolling Optics AB.

Other Notable Interests

Mr Brock is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) and is a Senior Advisor to EQT.

Gunnar Brock was awarded the King’s Medal of the Twelfth Dimension with the Ribbon of the Order of the Seraphims for excellent efforts in Swedish trade issues.

Gunnar Brock is based in Gothenburg and Stockholm. 

Donald Brydon CBE

Current Positions

Donald Brydon is currently Chairman of London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG), of Sage Group plc and of the Medical Research Council.

Background Information

Donald Brydon had a career in asset management, first at British Airways and then at Barclays where he built the forerunner to today's largest asset manager in the world. He developed indexation and turned Barclays (later BZW) into a major quantitative investment manager.

Following Big Bang he led BZW before building AXA's global investment management business.

Mr Brydon stepped down as Chairman of Royal Mail Group plc in September 2015.

In the past Mr Brydon has been Chairman of Smiths Group plc, the London Metal Exchange, Amersham plc, Taylor Nelson Sofres plc and the ifs School of Finance as well as a Director of Allied Domecq plc and Scottish Power plc.

Other Notable Interests

Donald Brydon is Chairman of the Science Museum Foundation and Chairman of the charity 'Chance to Shine.'   He is a past Chairman of EveryChild.

Mr Brydon was awarded an OBE in 1994 and a CBE in 2004 for services to the financial services industry.

Donald Brydon is baed in London. 

Paul Bulcke

Current Positions

Paul Bulcke is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nestlé SA, having been their CEO until 2016.   He is also Vice-Chairman of L’Oréal SA since April 2017 and is a Board member of Roche Holding AG since 2011.

Background Information

Paul Bulcke has spent almost all of his working life with the Nestlé Group, joining the company in 1979.

In 1980 he was responsible for Ecuador and Chile and then moved on to work in Portugal as Market Head, before covering the Czech and Slovak Republic.  From 2000 to 2004 he was Market Head for Nestlé Germany.

Mr Bulcke joined the Nestlé Executive Board as Executive Vice-President in July 2004, with responsibility for Zone Americas (USA, Canada, Latin America and Caribbean), where he played a decisive role in transforming this region into the Group’s largest and most profitable zone.

In 2008, and with a career of almost 30 years with the Nestlé Group, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer.  At the end of 2016, he handed over the office of CEO and was elected Chairman of the Board of Nestlé SA in April 2017.  In this capacity he is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of Nestlé Skin Health SA and of Nestlé Health Science SA.

Prior to working with Nestlé he worked briefly with Scott Graphics International in Belgium as a Financial Analyst.

Other Notable Interests

Mr Bulcke is a member of the International Business Council for the World Economic Forum (WEF) and a member of the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT).

He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Avenir Suisse as well as a member of the Foundation Board of IMD and Co-Chairman of the 2030 Water Resources Group.

Paul Bulcke is based in Vevey. 

Sir Roger Carr

Sir Roger Carr is Chairman of BAE Systems plc.  He has been Chairman of Centrica and Cadbury and President of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

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Roger Carr

Current Positions

Sir Roger Carr is the Chairman of BAE Systems plc and a Senior Advisor to Kohlberg Kravis and Roberts.

Background Information

Sir Roger Carr started his career in management when he joined Honeywell Computers in the 1970’s.  By 1982 he had joined Williams Holdings, a small engineering company, which he helped build into a major FTSE 100 industrial conglomerate, serving as their Chief Executive Officer from 1994 to 2000.  During this same period he was also a Non-Executive Director and subsequently Chairman of Thames Water.

From 1996 to 2003, Sir Roger was a Non-Executive Director of Six Continents, (previously known as Bass) and subsequently became Chairman of Mitchells & Butlers when Six Continents plc demerged.  From 2000 to 2010 he was a Non-Executive Director of Cadbury Schweppes taking on the role of Deputy Chairman in 2003.  In 2008 he became Chairman of Cadbury plc and remained in that role through to the acquisition of the company by Kraft in 2010.

From 2004 to December 2013 he was Chairman of Centrica plc, the parent company of British Gas. From 2007 to 2014 he was Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director on the Court of the Bank of England and from 2015 to 2017 he was Vice-Chairman of the BBC Trust.

Other Notable Interests

Sir Roger Carr is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, a member of the Business for New Europe Advisory Board, a Visiting Fellow of the Said Business School, Oxford and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

He is also a trustee of the Landau Forte Charitable Trust, which operates 6 Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form Academies across the Midlands, UK.

Sir Roger Carr was President of the CBI from 2011 to 2013.

He was knighted in the 2011 New Year's Honours List for services to business.

Sir Roger Carr is based in London.

 

Laura M Cha

Laura Cha is a member of the Executive Council of the Government of Hong Kong, Independent Chairman, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited, and Chairman of the Financial Services Development Council of Hong Kong (FSDC).

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Laura M Cha

Current Positions

Laura Cha is currently a member of the Executive Council of the Government of Hong Kong, Independent Chairman, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited, and Chairman of the Financial Services Development Council of Hong Kong (FSDC).  She is also a Non-Executive Deputy Chairman of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation and Non-Executive Director of the Asia Pacific subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc. 

Ms Cha is an Independent Non-Executive Director of China Telecom Corporation Limited and Unilever plc, a Senior International Advisor of Foundation Assets Management Sweden AB and a member of Sotheby’s International Advisory Board.

Background Information

Laura Cha started her career practicing law in the USA and in Hong Kong, having earned her BA degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a JD degree from the Santa Clara University in California.

She worked for the Securities and Futures Commission in Hong Kong from 1991 to 2000, becoming its Deputy Chairman in 1998.  In January 2001 Ms Cha was appointed Vice-Chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission and became the first and, to date, the only person outside Mainland China to join the Central Government of the People’s Republic of China at the Vice-Ministerial rank.  She served in that position until 2004.

Laura has previously served as Independent Non-Executive Director of Johnson Electric Holdings Ltd, Baoshan Iron & Steel Co Ltd, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd and Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd.

In addition, to her Chairman role at FSDC, Ms Cha serves in a number of other capacities including as Hong Kong Delegate to the 12th National People’s Congress of China, Vice Chairman of the International Advisory Council of the China Securities Regulatory Commission and member of the International Advisory Council of Banking Regulatory Commission.

Other Notable Interests

Ms Cha was also Chairman of the University Grants Committee in Hong Kong and a member of the Global Agenda Council on the Global Financial System at the World Economic Forum.

Having already received the Silver and Gold Bauhinia Stars Ms Cha was awarded the Grand Bauhinia Medal in 2017 by the Hong Kong Government for her public service.  She was also awarded an Honorary Doctoral Degree in Law in 2002 by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Laura Cha is based in Hong Kong.

 

Victor Chu

Victor Chu is the Chairman of First Eastern Investment Group, a leading Hong Kong-based international investment firm. Mr Chu was a Foundation Board member of the World Economic Forum.

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Victor Chu

Current Positions

Mr Chu is currently Chairman of First Eastern Investment Group, a leading Hong Kong-based international investment firm.

Background Information

Victor Chu received his early education in Hong Kong and England and practiced law in the field of corporate, commercial and securities with special emphasis on China. He became a pioneer of private equity investments transactions in China and was Deputy Secretary-General of the International Bar Association (IBA) from 1995 to 2000.

Over the last 30 years, he has served as Director and Council Member of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, member of the Hong Kong Takeovers and Mergers Panel, Advisory Committee Member of the Securities and Futures Commission, and part-time member of Hong Kong Government’s Central Policy Unit.

Mr Chu was a Foundation Board member of the World Economic Forum from 2003 to 2015 and currently co-Chairs the Forum’s International Business Council. He is Chairman of the Hong Kong-Europe Business Council and a member of the Hong Kong-Japan Business Cooperation Committee.

He was Non-Executive Director on the Board of Zurich Insurance Group AG from 2008 until 2014.

Other Notable Interests

Mr Chu has served on the Governing Council of University College London and the Foreign Affairs University of China. He is a Trustee of Asia House in London and Hong Kong.

His other civic associations include service on Advisory Boards of Chatham House, Yale University, the Oxford Martin School and the Atlantic Council of the USA.

Mr Chu was awarded the 2011 Global Economy Prize by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy.

Mr Chu is based in Hong Kong. 

 

Dr Bertrand Collomb

Dr Bertrand Collomb is Honorary Chairman of Lafarge and a Director of LafargeHolcim.  He is a member of the Institut de France (Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques).

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Bertrand Collomb

Current Positions

Dr Bertrand Collomb is currently Honorary Chairman of Lafarge and a Director of LafargeHolcim, the worldwide leader in building materials, with €26 billion sales in 90 countries. 

Background Information

Dr Collomb is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole des Mines in Paris, he also holds a French law degree and a PhD in Management from the University of Texas.

He started his career working for the French government and joined Lafarge in 1975.  After several positions, including CEO of Lafarge Corporation, the North American arm of the group, he was appointed Chairman and CEO of Lafarge in 1989, stepping down as Chairman in May 2007.  In 2015 Lafarge merged with Holcim to become LafargeHolcim.

Dr Collomb has also held Non-Executive Directorships on the Boards of Vivendi, Allianz, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Credit Commercial de France and Unilever.

Other Notable Interests

Dr Collomb founded the Centre for Management Research at the Ecole Polytechnique.

He is also a member of the Institut de France (Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques), and was their Chairman in 2013.

Dr Collomb is based in Paris and Washington DC.

 

Dr Pascal Colombani

Dr Pascal Colombani is Honorary Chairman of the Board of Directors of Valeo SA.  He is also a Senior Advisor with A.T. Kearney and a member of the EMEA Advisory Board of JPMorgan Chase.

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Pascal Colombani

Current Positions

Dr Pascal Colombani is currently Chairman Emeritus of Valeo and a Non-Executive Director of Technip FMC, NHV Group and Siaci-Saint-Honoré. Dr Pascal sits on the European Advisory Board of JP Morgan Chase, and is a senior advisor to A.T. Kearney. 

Background Information

After graduating from Ecole Normale Supérieure in 1969, Pascal Colombani began his career as a Research Scientist in Nuclear Science in France and at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in California.  In 1974 he obtained a doctorate in physics from the University of Paris - Orsay.

Dr Columbani joined Schlumberger in 1978 and spent the next nineteen years in various high level positions in the USA and Europe, and lastly as President of Schlumberger KK in Tokyo, Japan, also supervising the implementation of R&D facilities in China.

He was Director of Technology at the French Ministry of Research and Technology in 1998 and was thereafter appointed Chairman and CEO of the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) in 1999.  During this period he initiated the restructuring of the CEA industrial subsidiaries into Areva, where he served as Founding Chairman from 2001-2003.  Since this time, he has shared his activities between corporate directorships, consultancy, and government advisory.

In the past Dr Colombani has been a board member of Alstom, British Energy Group, Rhodia, Energy Solutions, France Telecom, Electricité de France, Cogema, Framatome, the French Institute of Petroleum, CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research), as well as the high government representative to the boards of CNES (French Space Agency) and BRGM (French Geological Survey).  He chaired the Board of Directors of Valeo SA from 2009 to 2016.  He was a member of the High Committee for Governance of Listed Companies from 2015 to 2017.

Other Notable Interests

Dr Colombani is Vice-President of the French Strategic Council for Research, which is chaired by the French Prime Minister. He is a Board member of the National Agency for Research and of Sorbonne Universités. He has also been appointed Special Envoy of the President of the French Republic for the nuclear partnership between France and South Africa.

He chaired the Boards of Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan and of the French Association for the Advancement of Science.  Dr Colombani is a member of the French Academy of Technology and a Council member of the Science and Technology Forum (STS – Kyoto forum). He is also an Officer of the Legion of Honor and an Officer of the Order of Merit.

Dr Colombani is based in Paris.

 

Roger Carr

Current Positions

Sir Roger Carr is the Chairman of BAE Systems plc and a Senior Advisor to Kohlberg Kravis and Roberts.

Background Information

Sir Roger Carr started his career in management when he joined Honeywell Computers in the 1970’s.  By 1982 he had joined Williams Holdings, a small engineering company, which he helped build into a major FTSE 100 industrial conglomerate, serving as their Chief Executive Officer from 1994 to 2000.  During this same period he was also a Non-Executive Director and subsequently Chairman of Thames Water.

From 1996 to 2003, Sir Roger was a Non-Executive Director of Six Continents, (previously known as Bass) and subsequently became Chairman of Mitchells & Butlers when Six Continents plc demerged.  From 2000 to 2010 he was a Non-Executive Director of Cadbury Schweppes taking on the role of Deputy Chairman in 2003.  In 2008 he became Chairman of Cadbury plc and remained in that role through to the acquisition of the company by Kraft in 2010.

From 2004 to December 2013 he was Chairman of Centrica plc, the parent company of British Gas. From 2007 to 2014 he was Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director on the Court of the Bank of England and from 2015 to 2017 he was Vice-Chairman of the BBC Trust.

Other Notable Interests

Sir Roger Carr is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, a member of the Business for New Europe Advisory Board, a Visiting Fellow of the Said Business School, Oxford and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

He is also a trustee of the Landau Forte Charitable Trust, which operates 6 Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form Academies across the Midlands, UK.

Sir Roger Carr was President of the CBI from 2011 to 2013.

He was knighted in the 2011 New Year's Honours List for services to business.

Sir Roger Carr is based in London.

Laura M Cha

Current Positions

Laura Cha is currently a member of the Executive Council of the Government of Hong Kong, Independent Chairman, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited, and Chairman of the Financial Services Development Council of Hong Kong (FSDC).  She is also a Non-Executive Deputy Chairman of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation and Non-Executive Director of the Asia Pacific subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc. 

Ms Cha is an Independent Non-Executive Director of China Telecom Corporation Limited and Unilever plc, a Senior International Advisor of Foundation Assets Management Sweden AB and a member of Sotheby’s International Advisory Board.

Background Information

Laura Cha started her career practicing law in the USA and in Hong Kong, having earned her BA degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a JD degree from the Santa Clara University in California.

She worked for the Securities and Futures Commission in Hong Kong from 1991 to 2000, becoming its Deputy Chairman in 1998.  In January 2001 Ms Cha was appointed Vice-Chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission and became the first and, to date, the only person outside Mainland China to join the Central Government of the People’s Republic of China at the Vice-Ministerial rank.  She served in that position until 2004.

Laura has previously served as Independent Non-Executive Director of Johnson Electric Holdings Ltd, Baoshan Iron & Steel Co Ltd, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd and Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd.

In addition, to her Chairman role at FSDC, Ms Cha serves in a number of other capacities including as Hong Kong Delegate to the 12th National People’s Congress of China, Vice Chairman of the International Advisory Council of the China Securities Regulatory Commission and member of the International Advisory Council of Banking Regulatory Commission.

Other Notable Interests

Ms Cha was also Chairman of the University Grants Committee in Hong Kong and a member of the Global Agenda Council on the Global Financial System at the World Economic Forum.

Having already received the Silver and Gold Bauhinia Stars Ms Cha was awarded the Grand Bauhinia Medal in 2017 by the Hong Kong Government for her public service.  She was also awarded an Honorary Doctoral Degree in Law in 2002 by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Laura Cha is based in Hong Kong.

Victor Chu

Current Positions

Mr Chu is currently Chairman of First Eastern Investment Group, a leading Hong Kong-based international investment firm.

Background Information

Victor Chu received his early education in Hong Kong and England and practiced law in the field of corporate, commercial and securities with special emphasis on China. He became a pioneer of private equity investments transactions in China and was Deputy Secretary-General of the International Bar Association (IBA) from 1995 to 2000.

Over the last 30 years, he has served as Director and Council Member of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, member of the Hong Kong Takeovers and Mergers Panel, Advisory Committee Member of the Securities and Futures Commission, and part-time member of Hong Kong Government’s Central Policy Unit.

Mr Chu was a Foundation Board member of the World Economic Forum from 2003 to 2015 and currently co-Chairs the Forum’s International Business Council. He is Chairman of the Hong Kong-Europe Business Council and a member of the Hong Kong-Japan Business Cooperation Committee.

He was Non-Executive Director on the Board of Zurich Insurance Group AG from 2008 until 2014.

Other Notable Interests

Mr Chu has served on the Governing Council of University College London and the Foreign Affairs University of China. He is a Trustee of Asia House in London and Hong Kong.

His other civic associations include service on Advisory Boards of Chatham House, Yale University, the Oxford Martin School and the Atlantic Council of the USA.

Mr Chu was awarded the 2011 Global Economy Prize by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy.

Mr Chu is based in Hong Kong. 

Bertrand Collomb

Current Positions

Dr Bertrand Collomb is currently Honorary Chairman of Lafarge and a Director of LafargeHolcim, the worldwide leader in building materials, with €26 billion sales in 90 countries. 

Background Information

Dr Collomb is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole des Mines in Paris, he also holds a French law degree and a PhD in Management from the University of Texas.

He started his career working for the French government and joined Lafarge in 1975.  After several positions, including CEO of Lafarge Corporation, the North American arm of the group, he was appointed Chairman and CEO of Lafarge in 1989, stepping down as Chairman in May 2007.  In 2015 Lafarge merged with Holcim to become LafargeHolcim.

Dr Collomb has also held Non-Executive Directorships on the Boards of Vivendi, Allianz, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Credit Commercial de France and Unilever.

Other Notable Interests

Dr Collomb founded the Centre for Management Research at the Ecole Polytechnique.

He is also a member of the Institut de France (Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques), and was their Chairman in 2013.

Dr Collomb is based in Paris and Washington DC.

Pascal Colombani

Current Positions

Dr Pascal Colombani is currently Chairman Emeritus of Valeo and a Non-Executive Director of Technip FMC, NHV Group and Siaci-Saint-Honoré. Dr Pascal sits on the European Advisory Board of JP Morgan Chase, and is a senior advisor to A.T. Kearney. 

Background Information

After graduating from Ecole Normale Supérieure in 1969, Pascal Colombani began his career as a Research Scientist in Nuclear Science in France and at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in California.  In 1974 he obtained a doctorate in physics from the University of Paris - Orsay.

Dr Columbani joined Schlumberger in 1978 and spent the next nineteen years in various high level positions in the USA and Europe, and lastly as President of Schlumberger KK in Tokyo, Japan, also supervising the implementation of R&D facilities in China.

He was Director of Technology at the French Ministry of Research and Technology in 1998 and was thereafter appointed Chairman and CEO of the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) in 1999.  During this period he initiated the restructuring of the CEA industrial subsidiaries into Areva, where he served as Founding Chairman from 2001-2003.  Since this time, he has shared his activities between corporate directorships, consultancy, and government advisory.

In the past Dr Colombani has been a board member of Alstom, British Energy Group, Rhodia, Energy Solutions, France Telecom, Electricité de France, Cogema, Framatome, the French Institute of Petroleum, CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research), as well as the high government representative to the boards of CNES (French Space Agency) and BRGM (French Geological Survey).  He chaired the Board of Directors of Valeo SA from 2009 to 2016.  He was a member of the High Committee for Governance of Listed Companies from 2015 to 2017.

Other Notable Interests

Dr Colombani is Vice-President of the French Strategic Council for Research, which is chaired by the French Prime Minister. He is a Board member of the National Agency for Research and of Sorbonne Universités. He has also been appointed Special Envoy of the President of the French Republic for the nuclear partnership between France and South Africa.

He chaired the Boards of Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan and of the French Association for the Advancement of Science.  Dr Colombani is a member of the French Academy of Technology and a Council member of the Science and Technology Forum (STS – Kyoto forum). He is also an Officer of the Legion of Honor and an Officer of the Order of Merit.

Dr Colombani is based in Paris.

Vivienne Cox

Vivienne Cox is Chairman of Vallourec SA and Senior Independent Director with Pearson plc. Previously she held numerous senior positions with BP plc.

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Vivienne Cox

Current Positions

Vivienne Cox is the current Chairman of Vallourec SA, where she also Chairs their Strategy Committee. She is a Senior Independent Director with Pearson plc where she Chairs the Nomination Committee and also sits on the Remuneration and Reputation and Responsibility Committees. Ms Cox is a Non-Executive Director of GSK serving on the Remuneration and Corporate Social Responsibility Committees. She is also on the Board of Stena AB based in Sweden and is currently on the Advisory Board of The Said Business School.

Background Information

The majority of Vivienne Cox's career has been spent with BP plc and she has over 28 years of international experience in the oil and gas industry. She has Chairmanship experience in both the UK and in France.

Her first roles at BP plc were commercial, before moving on to their Commodity Derivatives Group and then to their Refining and Supply offices as Chief Executive Benelux, responsible for their shareholding in the Rotterdam refinery. Thereafter she was Commercial Director, BP Central and Eastern Europe for 2 years before being promoted to Chief Executive, Air BP, in 1997. Vivienne moved on 3 years later to become Group Vice-President, Integrated Supply and Trading and then BP plc Executive Vice-President and CEO of Gas, Power and Renewables in 2004. Her final executive role was BP plc Executive Vice-President and Chief Executive, Alternative Energy, whilst also being a member of their Executive Committee.

In 1998 Vivienne became a Non-Executive Director at Eurotunnel, serving on their Audit Committee and in the 2000’s served as a Non-Executive Director firstly on the Board of Rio Tinto, where she was a member of the Nomination, Audit and CSEA Committees, followed by the Board of BG Group until they were acquired by Shell in 2016.

Ms Cox sat on the INSEAD Board from 2009 to 2013. During this time she was also acting as Non-Executive Chairman for Climate Change Capital and sat on the Advisory Board for Mainstream, a renewable Energy Company engaged in Wind power Development.

Other Notable Interests

Ms Cox was Lead Non-Executive Director on the Board of the DFID for seven years, and was a member of the Airports Commission.

She has Honorary Doctorates from Hull University and from the University of Hertfordshire.

In 2007 Vivienne was named Veuve Cliquot Business Woman of the Year and in 2015 she was awarded a CBE in the New Year's Honours list.

Vivienne Cox is based in London and Paris. 

 

Hans Dalborg

Hans Dalborg is Honorary Chairman of Nordea Bank AB and Board member of Swedish House of Finance (SHOF).  He was previously CEO of Skandia International.

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Hans Dalborg

Current Positions

Hans Dalborg is currently Honorary Chairman of Nordea Bank AB and a Board member of Swedish House of Finance (SHOF), Stockholm Institute for Financial Research (SIFR) and AxFast AB.  

Background Information

Hans Dalborg obtained a PhD from the Stockholm School of Economics.  He went on to join the Skandia Group in the early 70s and held various positions including CEO of Skandia International.  In 1989 he became Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice-President of the Skandia Group.

He was appointed CEO of Nordbanken in 1991.  After the merger with the Finnish bank Merita he became the CEO of MeritaNordbanken and later CEO of Nordea (following mergers with a Danish and Norwegian bank).  In 2001 he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Board, followed by Chairman of the Board of Nordea Bank AB in 2002, a post he held until 2011.

Mr Dalborg has been Chairman of the Board of the Swedish Corporate Governance Board, Uppsala University, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) and ÅF.

He has also been a Board member of Medivir AB, Axel Johnson AB, Svenska Spel AB and a member of the European Roundtable of Financial Services (EFR).

Other Notable Interests

Mr Dalborg has served at the Royal Court as Lord in Waiting.

He is Chairman of the Swedish Royal Opera and a Board member of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mr Dalborg was awarded the King's Medal of the Twelfth Dimension with the Ribbon of the Order of the Seraphims for excellent efforts in Swedish trade issues.

He has also been awarded Finnish and Norwegian orders for strengthening the trade relations between Sweden and these countries.

Mr Dalborg is based in Stockholm.

 

Tom de Swaan

Tom de Swaan is Chairman of Zurich Insurance Group Ltd and of Zurich Insurance Company Ltd and Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Royal DSM.

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Tom de Swaan

Current Positions

Tom de Swaan is currently Chairman of Zurich Insurance Group Ltd and of Zurich Insurance Company Ltd and Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Royal DSM, a Netherlands-based global life sciences and material sciences group. His is an Advisory Board Member of Akbank Turk Anonim Sirketi As.

Background Information

Tom de Swaan has served in the banking industry of the Netherlands for over 40 years.  He joined De Nederlandsche Bank NV in 1972 and from 1986 until 1998 was a member of the Governing Board.

In January 1999 he became a member of the Managing Board and Chief Financial Officer of ABN AMRO Bank and after his retirement in 2006 he continued to be an adviser to the Managing Board until June 2007.

Between 1987 and 1988, he was Chairman of the Amsterdam Financial Center and from 1995 to 1997, Chairman of the banking Supervisory sub-Committee of the European Monetary Institute.

Mr de Swaan became a member of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision in 1991 and was its Chairman from 1997 to 1998.  He was also a Non-Executive Director of the UK Financial Services Authority from 2001 to 2006.

From 2006 until September 2013 he held the post of Vice-Chairman of Royal Ahold. Concurrently he served as a Non-Executive Director of the Board of GlaxoSmithKline plc, concluding this role in 2015.

From 2008 until February 2016 Mr de Swaan was a member of the Supervisory Board of Van Lanschot NV, the holding company of an independent Dutch bank, where he served as Chairman until the end of 2015.  He was also a member of the Advisory Board of the China Banking Regulatory Commission in Beijing from 2009 to 2017.

Other Notable Interests

Tom de Swaan is Chairman of the Board of the Netherlands Cancer Institute, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and acts as Director of certain other non-profit organizations.

Mr de Swaan is a member of the IIF Board of Directors and the European Financial Services Round Table (EFR).

Tom de Swaan is based in Amsterdam. 

 

Jan du Plessis

Jan du Plessis is Chairman of BT Group plc. He was previously Chairman of Rio Tinto, SABMiller plc, RHM plc and British American Tobacco.

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Jan du Plessis

Current Positions

Jan du Plessis is currently Chairman of BT Group plc. 

Background Information

Raised near Cape Town, Jan du Plessis started his career as a Chartered Accountant and joined the South African Rembrandt Group, before being transferred by them to London and later on to Switzerland to work in financial and legal functions.

In 1988 he became Group Finance Director of Richemont, a diversified Swiss holding company. When he resigned from that role sixteen years later the group had been significantly restructured into the second biggest luxury goods group in the world.

From 1990 to 1996 he also held the additional role of Group Finance Director of Rothmans International plc, at that time a FTSE 30 subsidiary company of Richemont.

In 1999 he became a Non-Executive Director of British American Tobacco, prior to occupying the Chairmanship of that company from May 2004 to October 2009.

Mr du Plessis was a Non-Executive Director of Lloyds Banking Group from October 2005 to April 2009, taking on the role of Audit Committee Chair towards the end of that period.

In 2005 he became Chairman of RHM plc, one of the UK's leading food producers, and in that capacity led its transition from private equity ownership to public company, until the recommended take-over of RHM by Premier Foods in March 2007.

In 2008 he became a Non-Executive Director of the retailer Marks & Spencer and then the Senior Independent Director in March 2012, until he resigned from the Board in March 2015.

In July 2015 Mr du Plessis became Chairman of SABMiller plc until October 2016, having previously joined that Board as a Non-Executive Director and Chairman-Elect in September 2014.

He was Chairman of Rio Tinto from April 2009 until March 2018, having been appointed as Non-Executive Director in September 2008.

Other Notable Interests 

Jan du Plessis is based in London.

 

Dr Oscar Fanjul

Dr Oscar Fanjul was the Chairman, Founder and CEO of Repsol.  Dr Fanjul is currently the Vice Chairman and CEO of Omega Capital.

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Oscar Fanjul

Current Positions

Oscar Fanjul is currently the Vice Chairman and CEO of Omega Capital.  He is also a Non-Executive Director of Marsh & McLennan companies and serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Ferrovial and LafargeHolcim.  He remains Honorary Chairman of Repsol where he served previously as Chairman Founder and CEO.

Background Information

Oscar Fanjul started his career at the National Institute of Industry (INI) and has also worked at the Confederación Española Cajas de Ahorros (CECA).

From 1983 to 1984, he served as Technical Secretary General and Undersecretary of the Ministry of Industry and Energy.

Oscar Fanjul was the Chairman Founder and CEO of Repsol from its inception in 1986 until 1996.

In 1997 he became Chairman of the NH Hotels Group, a post he held until 1999, when he moved on to the Chairmanship of Hidroeléctrica del Cantábrico, a position he held until 2001.

From 2001 – 2010 he served as a Non-Executive Director of the London Stock Exchange.  He has also been a Non-Executive Director for Unilever, Areva, BBVA and Acerinox.

Other Notable Interests

Mr Fanjul has been a Trustee of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation and a member of the Competitiveness Advisory Group to the President of the European Commission.

He is also a Trustee of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, of the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Empresa (IESE) and of the Centro de Estudios Monetarios y Financieros (CEMFI).

Oscar Fanjul is based in Madrid.

 

Vivienne Cox

Current Positions

Vivienne Cox is the current Chairman of Vallourec SA, where she also Chairs their Strategy Committee. She is a Senior Independent Director with Pearson plc where she Chairs the Nomination Committee and also sits on the Remuneration and Reputation and Responsibility Committees. Ms Cox is a Non-Executive Director of GSK serving on the Remuneration and Corporate Social Responsibility Committees. She is also on the Board of Stena AB based in Sweden and is currently on the Advisory Board of The Said Business School.

Background Information

The majority of Vivienne Cox's career has been spent with BP plc and she has over 28 years of international experience in the oil and gas industry. She has Chairmanship experience in both the UK and in France.

Her first roles at BP plc were commercial, before moving on to their Commodity Derivatives Group and then to their Refining and Supply offices as Chief Executive Benelux, responsible for their shareholding in the Rotterdam refinery. Thereafter she was Commercial Director, BP Central and Eastern Europe for 2 years before being promoted to Chief Executive, Air BP, in 1997. Vivienne moved on 3 years later to become Group Vice-President, Integrated Supply and Trading and then BP plc Executive Vice-President and CEO of Gas, Power and Renewables in 2004. Her final executive role was BP plc Executive Vice-President and Chief Executive, Alternative Energy, whilst also being a member of their Executive Committee.

In 1998 Vivienne became a Non-Executive Director at Eurotunnel, serving on their Audit Committee and in the 2000’s served as a Non-Executive Director firstly on the Board of Rio Tinto, where she was a member of the Nomination, Audit and CSEA Committees, followed by the Board of BG Group until they were acquired by Shell in 2016.

Ms Cox sat on the INSEAD Board from 2009 to 2013. During this time she was also acting as Non-Executive Chairman for Climate Change Capital and sat on the Advisory Board for Mainstream, a renewable Energy Company engaged in Wind power Development.

Other Notable Interests

Ms Cox was Lead Non-Executive Director on the Board of the DFID for seven years, and was a member of the Airports Commission.

She has Honorary Doctorates from Hull University and from the University of Hertfordshire.

In 2007 Vivienne was named Veuve Cliquot Business Woman of the Year and in 2015 she was awarded a CBE in the New Year's Honours list.

Vivienne Cox is based in London and Paris. 

Hans Dalborg

Current Positions

Hans Dalborg is currently Honorary Chairman of Nordea Bank AB and a Board member of Swedish House of Finance (SHOF), Stockholm Institute for Financial Research (SIFR) and AxFast AB.  

Background Information

Hans Dalborg obtained a PhD from the Stockholm School of Economics.  He went on to join the Skandia Group in the early 70s and held various positions including CEO of Skandia International.  In 1989 he became Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice-President of the Skandia Group.

He was appointed CEO of Nordbanken in 1991.  After the merger with the Finnish bank Merita he became the CEO of MeritaNordbanken and later CEO of Nordea (following mergers with a Danish and Norwegian bank).  In 2001 he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Board, followed by Chairman of the Board of Nordea Bank AB in 2002, a post he held until 2011.

Mr Dalborg has been Chairman of the Board of the Swedish Corporate Governance Board, Uppsala University, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) and ÅF.

He has also been a Board member of Medivir AB, Axel Johnson AB, Svenska Spel AB and a member of the European Roundtable of Financial Services (EFR).

Other Notable Interests

Mr Dalborg has served at the Royal Court as Lord in Waiting.

He is Chairman of the Swedish Royal Opera and a Board member of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mr Dalborg was awarded the King's Medal of the Twelfth Dimension with the Ribbon of the Order of the Seraphims for excellent efforts in Swedish trade issues.

He has also been awarded Finnish and Norwegian orders for strengthening the trade relations between Sweden and these countries.

Mr Dalborg is based in Stockholm.

Tom de Swaan

Current Positions

Tom de Swaan is currently Chairman of Zurich Insurance Group Ltd and of Zurich Insurance Company Ltd and Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Royal DSM, a Netherlands-based global life sciences and material sciences group. His is an Advisory Board Member of Akbank Turk Anonim Sirketi As.

Background Information

Tom de Swaan has served in the banking industry of the Netherlands for over 40 years.  He joined De Nederlandsche Bank NV in 1972 and from 1986 until 1998 was a member of the Governing Board.

In January 1999 he became a member of the Managing Board and Chief Financial Officer of ABN AMRO Bank and after his retirement in 2006 he continued to be an adviser to the Managing Board until June 2007.

Between 1987 and 1988, he was Chairman of the Amsterdam Financial Center and from 1995 to 1997, Chairman of the banking Supervisory sub-Committee of the European Monetary Institute.

Mr de Swaan became a member of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision in 1991 and was its Chairman from 1997 to 1998.  He was also a Non-Executive Director of the UK Financial Services Authority from 2001 to 2006.

From 2006 until September 2013 he held the post of Vice-Chairman of Royal Ahold. Concurrently he served as a Non-Executive Director of the Board of GlaxoSmithKline plc, concluding this role in 2015.

From 2008 until February 2016 Mr de Swaan was a member of the Supervisory Board of Van Lanschot NV, the holding company of an independent Dutch bank, where he served as Chairman until the end of 2015.  He was also a member of the Advisory Board of the China Banking Regulatory Commission in Beijing from 2009 to 2017.

Other Notable Interests

Tom de Swaan is Chairman of the Board of the Netherlands Cancer Institute, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and acts as Director of certain other non-profit organizations.

Mr de Swaan is a member of the IIF Board of Directors and the European Financial Services Round Table (EFR).

Tom de Swaan is based in Amsterdam. 

Jan du Plessis

Current Positions

Jan du Plessis is currently Chairman of BT Group plc. 

Background Information

Raised near Cape Town, Jan du Plessis started his career as a Chartered Accountant and joined the South African Rembrandt Group, before being transferred by them to London and later on to Switzerland to work in financial and legal functions.

In 1988 he became Group Finance Director of Richemont, a diversified Swiss holding company. When he resigned from that role sixteen years later the group had been significantly restructured into the second biggest luxury goods group in the world.

From 1990 to 1996 he also held the additional role of Group Finance Director of Rothmans International plc, at that time a FTSE 30 subsidiary company of Richemont.

In 1999 he became a Non-Executive Director of British American Tobacco, prior to occupying the Chairmanship of that company from May 2004 to October 2009.

Mr du Plessis was a Non-Executive Director of Lloyds Banking Group from October 2005 to April 2009, taking on the role of Audit Committee Chair towards the end of that period.

In 2005 he became Chairman of RHM plc, one of the UK's leading food producers, and in that capacity led its transition from private equity ownership to public company, until the recommended take-over of RHM by Premier Foods in March 2007.

In 2008 he became a Non-Executive Director of the retailer Marks & Spencer and then the Senior Independent Director in March 2012, until he resigned from the Board in March 2015.

In July 2015 Mr du Plessis became Chairman of SABMiller plc until October 2016, having previously joined that Board as a Non-Executive Director and Chairman-Elect in September 2014.

He was Chairman of Rio Tinto from April 2009 until March 2018, having been appointed as Non-Executive Director in September 2008.

Other Notable Interests 

Jan du Plessis is based in London.

Oscar Fanjul

Current Positions

Oscar Fanjul is currently the Vice Chairman and CEO of Omega Capital.  He is also a Non-Executive Director of Marsh & McLennan companies and serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Ferrovial and LafargeHolcim.  He remains Honorary Chairman of Repsol where he served previously as Chairman Founder and CEO.

Background Information

Oscar Fanjul started his career at the National Institute of Industry (INI) and has also worked at the Confederación Española Cajas de Ahorros (CECA).

From 1983 to 1984, he served as Technical Secretary General and Undersecretary of the Ministry of Industry and Energy.

Oscar Fanjul was the Chairman Founder and CEO of Repsol from its inception in 1986 until 1996.

In 1997 he became Chairman of the NH Hotels Group, a post he held until 1999, when he moved on to the Chairmanship of Hidroeléctrica del Cantábrico, a position he held until 2001.

From 2001 – 2010 he served as a Non-Executive Director of the London Stock Exchange.  He has also been a Non-Executive Director for Unilever, Areva, BBVA and Acerinox.

Other Notable Interests

Mr Fanjul has been a Trustee of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation and a member of the Competitiveness Advisory Group to the President of the European Commission.

He is also a Trustee of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, of the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Empresa (IESE) and of the Centro de Estudios Monetarios y Financieros (CEMFI).

Oscar Fanjul is based in Madrid.

Niall FitzGerald KBE

Niall FitzGerald served as Chairman and CEO of Unilever, Chairman of Reuters and Deputy Chairman of Thomson Reuters.

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Niall FitzGerald KBE

Current Positions

Niall FitzGerald is currently Chairman of the Board of Brand Learning Partners Ltd and a Senior Advisor to Allen & Co.  He is also currently the Chairman of Hakluyt's International Advisory Board, Chairman of NiJaCo and a Member of the Mitsubishi International Advisory Committee.

Background Information

Niall FitzGerald joined the Boards of Unilever plc and Unilever NV in 1987 and served as Director of Finance, Foods and Detergents before his appointment as Chairman and CEO in 1996.  During his Unilever career, he worked and lived in Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa, the USA and the UK.

Mr FitzGerald then became Chairman and CEO of Unilever from 1996 to 2004 and went on to serve as Chairman of Reuters and Deputy Chairman of Thomson Reuters between 2004 and 2011.  He has previously been Chairman of Holdingham Group (Hakluyt & Co).

He has also been Non-Executive Director of Merck, L.M. Ericsson, Bank of Ireland and the Prudential Corporation.  He was the President of the Advertising Association between 2000 and 2005.

Mr FitzGerald has been a member of numerous International Advisory Councils, ranging from Investments, Foreign Relations and Accounting Standards to Agriculture and Trade.  He was also a member of the Kok Commission on the Lisbon Agenda, Chairman of the CBI Europe Committee and a member of the World Economic Forum Foundation Board.

Other Notable Interests

Niall FitzGerald was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the British Museum and on the Spencer Stuart Advisory Board.  He has been co-Chair of the Investment Climate Facility for Africa, Chairman of the Nelson Mandela Legacy Trust (UK), the International Business Council and of The Conference Board and co-Chairman of the Transatlantic Business Dialogue (TABD).

Mr FitzGerald holds a number of honorary doctorates and has also been the recipient of numerous other awards for his work on global business issues.

In 2015 Mr FitzGerald received the Distinguished Service Award from the President of Ireland and in 2002 he was awarded an honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire.

Mr Fitzgerald is based in London.

 

Douglas Flint CBE

Douglas Flint was Group Chairman of HSBC Holdings plc for fifteen years, prior to this he was HSBC’s Group Finance Director, joining from KPMG where he was a partner. 

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Douglas Flint CBE

Current Positions

Mr Flint is currently Chairman of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Just Finance Foundation, a Director of the Centre for Policy Studies, Chairman of the Hong Kong Association, Chairman of the Corporate Board of Cancer Research UK and a Trustee of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

Background Information

Mr Flint was educated at Glasgow University where he gained a BAcc (Hons) degree.   He also completed the PMD course at Harvard Business School in 1983.  He began his career with Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co (now KPMG) where he trained as a chartered accountant.  He was appointed a partner of the firm in 1988.

Mr Flint specialised in banking, multinational financial reporting, treasury and securities trading operations, group re-organisations and litigation support while at KPMG.  He joined HSBC in 1995 and was appointed to the Board as Group Finance Director.  In 2010, Mr Flint’s responsibilities were broadened to that of Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director Risk and Regulation.  He was appointed Group Chairman of HSBC Holdings plc in 2010 and served for 22 years, retiring in 2017.

In a Non-Executive capacity, Mr Flint has served as Director of BP plc from 2005 until 2011 and was Chairman of its Audit Committee in his final year.

In other roles, Mr Flint served on the Board of the Institute of International Finance and was its Chairman from 2012 until 2016.  He was a member of both the Mayor of Beijing’s and the Mayor of Shanghai’s International Business Leaders’ Advisory Council and was a member of the International Advisory Board of the China Europe International Business School, Shanghai.  He was an independent external member of the Financial Services Trade and Investment Board in the UK and has been, by invitation from the then Prime Minister, a British Business Ambassador.  In 2017 he was appointed by the Chancellor as Special Envoy to China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Other Notable Interests

Mr Flint is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, he has served on the Accounting Standards Board and on the Shipley Working Group on Public Disclosure. In June 2006 he was honoured with a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) by Her Majesty the Queen in recognition of his services to the finance industry.

Mr Flint is based in London.

 

Dame Clara Furse DBE

Dame Clara Furse is the Chairman of HSBC UK and a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Vodafone Group Plc and Amadeus IT Group, S.A.  She has been the CEO of London Stock Exchange and is currently a Member of the Panel of Senior Advisors to Chatham House. 

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Clara Furse DBE

Current Positions

Dame Clara Furse is the Chairman of HSBC UK, the ring-fenced bank of HSBC Group and a Non-Executive Director of Vodafone Group Plc and Amadeus IT Group, S.A. 

She is also a member of the Panel of Senior Advisors to Chatham House, a member of Bocconi University’s International Advisory Council.

Background Information

Dame Clara began her career in 1979 as a broker, moving to Phillips and Drew in 1983.  This was followed by 15 years at UBS, where she became a Managing Director in 1995 and Global Head of Futures in 1996.  Dame Clara then moved to Credit Lyonnaise Rouse where she was Group Chief Executive from 1998 to 2000. From January 2001 to May 2009 she was Chief Executive of the London Stock Exchange.

She was a Non-Executive Director of Nomura Holdings from June 2010 to March 2017, the lead Independent Director of the UK's Department for Work and Pensions until April 2017.  She has also held

Non-Executive Director positions at Euroclear plc, LCH Clearnet Group, Fortis SA, Legal & General Group and was a member of the Shanghai International Financial Advisory Council.  In 2012 she chaired the Lead Expert Group of the UK Government’s Office for Science Foresight Project on the future of computer trading in financial markets.

Dame Clara was also an External Member of the Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee (FPC), joining the new statutory body and macroprudential regulator in April 2013.

Other Notable Interests

In 2005 she was listed as one of the 50 most Powerful Women in Business by Fortune magazine and in 2007, Times magazine ranked Dame Clara among the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Dame Clara was made a Dame of the British Empire in 2008 for her contribution to the Financial Services industry.

She has also served as a Non-Executive Director and Deputy Chairman of LIFFE.

Dame Clara Furse is based in London.

 

Dr Chris Gibson-Smith

Dr Gibson-Smith is Chairman of JUST Group and Vice-Chairman of UBS Investment Bank.  He has been Chairman of the London Stock Exchange and The British Land Company.

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Chris Gibson-Smith

Current Positions

Dr Gibson-Smith is Chairman of Just Group plc, a life insurance company and Vice-Chairman of UBS Investment Bank.  He is also a Chairman of Reform, an independent think tank.

Background Information

Dr Gibson-Smith spent over 30 years with BP plc in various roles, becoming Group Managing Director, before leaving the company in 2001.

He then moved on to become Chairman of National Air Traffic Services (NATS) from 2001 to 2005.

He was Business Ambassador for the UK Trade & Investment organisation (UKTI) (previously known as British Trade International) from 2008 to 2010.

Dr Gibson-Smith stepped down as Chairman of the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) at the end of July 2015, having been in this role since 2003.  The LSEG is an international diversified exchange group, operating a broad range of equity, bond and derivatives markets and offering a wide range of data, information, index and technology products and services.

He was Chairman of The British Land Company plc (UK’s second largest property group by market cap) from 2007 through 2012.

Dr Gibson-Smith was a Governor of the London Business School from 2005 to 2012 and a Non-Executive Director for the Qatar Financial Centre Authority from 2006 to 2012.  He was also a Non-Executive Director for Lloyds Banking Group 1997-2006, and for Powergen plc.

Other Notable Interests

Dr Gibson-Smith was a Sloan Fellow of the Stanford Business School and is an Honorary Fellow of University College Durham.

In the 2011 Queen’s Awards, Dr Gibson-Smith was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Dr Gibson-Smith is based in London. 

 

Val Gooding

Val Gooding is currently Chairman of UK Insurance for Aviva and a Non-Executive Director of TUI AG and Vodafone Group plc.  She was formerly Chairman of Premier Farnell plc and CEO of BUPA.

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Val Gooding

Current Positions

Val Gooding is currently Chairman of UK Insurance for Aviva and a Non-Executive Director of TUI AG and Vodafone Group plc. 

Background Information

Val Gooding began her career with British Airways plc where worked for  23 years and held a number of positions, including Head of Cabin Services, Head of Marketing, Director of Business Units and Director, Asia Pacific.

In 1996 Val Gooding became Managing Director of British United Provident Association (Bupa) and was appointed to the position of CEO in 1998, a role she held for ten years before stepping down in 2008.

Ms Gooding was Chairman of Premier Farnell plc from 2011 to 2016.

She has held Non-Executive Directorships of Standard Chartered Bank plc, the Home Office, the BBC, J Sainsbury plc, Compass Group plc, BAA plc and CWC Communications plc.

Val is a member of the Council of Warwick University, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Warwick Business School, and a Board member of both the Confederation of British Industry and Association of British Insurers.

Ms Gooding was also President of the International Federation of Health Plans.

Other Notable Interests

Val Gooding is a Trustee and Deputy Chairman at the British Museum, Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces, of The English National Ballet, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Chairman of the Lawn Tennis Association Trust.

Ms Gooding was awarded a CBE in 2002 for services to business.

In 2005 ‘Fortune’ magazine listed her as one of the most powerful business women outside the US and in 2006 she was given a PwC Lifetime Achievement Award by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

Ms Gooding has honorary doctorates from Warwick, Cranfield, Bournemouth and Middlesex Universities.

Ms Gooding is based in London.

 

Niall FitzGerald KBE

Current Positions

Niall FitzGerald is currently Chairman of the Board of Brand Learning Partners Ltd and a Senior Advisor to Allen & Co.  He is also currently the Chairman of Hakluyt's International Advisory Board, Chairman of NiJaCo and a Member of the Mitsubishi International Advisory Committee.

Background Information

Niall FitzGerald joined the Boards of Unilever plc and Unilever NV in 1987 and served as Director of Finance, Foods and Detergents before his appointment as Chairman and CEO in 1996.  During his Unilever career, he worked and lived in Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa, the USA and the UK.

Mr FitzGerald then became Chairman and CEO of Unilever from 1996 to 2004 and went on to serve as Chairman of Reuters and Deputy Chairman of Thomson Reuters between 2004 and 2011.  He has previously been Chairman of Holdingham Group (Hakluyt & Co).

He has also been Non-Executive Director of Merck, L.M. Ericsson, Bank of Ireland and the Prudential Corporation.  He was the President of the Advertising Association between 2000 and 2005.

Mr FitzGerald has been a member of numerous International Advisory Councils, ranging from Investments, Foreign Relations and Accounting Standards to Agriculture and Trade.  He was also a member of the Kok Commission on the Lisbon Agenda, Chairman of the CBI Europe Committee and a member of the World Economic Forum Foundation Board.

Other Notable Interests

Niall FitzGerald was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the British Museum and on the Spencer Stuart Advisory Board.  He has been co-Chair of the Investment Climate Facility for Africa, Chairman of the Nelson Mandela Legacy Trust (UK), the International Business Council and of The Conference Board and co-Chairman of the Transatlantic Business Dialogue (TABD).

Mr FitzGerald holds a number of honorary doctorates and has also been the recipient of numerous other awards for his work on global business issues.

In 2015 Mr FitzGerald received the Distinguished Service Award from the President of Ireland and in 2002 he was awarded an honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire.

Mr Fitzgerald is based in London.

Douglas Flint CBE

Current Positions

Mr Flint is currently Chairman of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Just Finance Foundation, a Director of the Centre for Policy Studies, Chairman of the Hong Kong Association, Chairman of the Corporate Board of Cancer Research UK and a Trustee of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

Background Information

Mr Flint was educated at Glasgow University where he gained a BAcc (Hons) degree.   He also completed the PMD course at Harvard Business School in 1983.  He began his career with Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co (now KPMG) where he trained as a chartered accountant.  He was appointed a partner of the firm in 1988.

Mr Flint specialised in banking, multinational financial reporting, treasury and securities trading operations, group re-organisations and litigation support while at KPMG.  He joined HSBC in 1995 and was appointed to the Board as Group Finance Director.  In 2010, Mr Flint’s responsibilities were broadened to that of Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director Risk and Regulation.  He was appointed Group Chairman of HSBC Holdings plc in 2010 and served for 22 years, retiring in 2017.

In a Non-Executive capacity, Mr Flint has served as Director of BP plc from 2005 until 2011 and was Chairman of its Audit Committee in his final year.

In other roles, Mr Flint served on the Board of the Institute of International Finance and was its Chairman from 2012 until 2016.  He was a member of both the Mayor of Beijing’s and the Mayor of Shanghai’s International Business Leaders’ Advisory Council and was a member of the International Advisory Board of the China Europe International Business School, Shanghai.  He was an independent external member of the Financial Services Trade and Investment Board in the UK and has been, by invitation from the then Prime Minister, a British Business Ambassador.  In 2017 he was appointed by the Chancellor as Special Envoy to China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Other Notable Interests

Mr Flint is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, he has served on the Accounting Standards Board and on the Shipley Working Group on Public Disclosure. In June 2006 he was honoured with a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) by Her Majesty the Queen in recognition of his services to the finance industry.

Mr Flint is based in London.

Clara Furse DBE

Current Positions

Dame Clara Furse is the Chairman of HSBC UK, the ring-fenced bank of HSBC Group and a Non-Executive Director of Vodafone Group Plc and Amadeus IT Group, S.A. 

She is also a member of the Panel of Senior Advisors to Chatham House, a member of Bocconi University’s International Advisory Council.

Background Information

Dame Clara began her career in 1979 as a broker, moving to Phillips and Drew in 1983.  This was followed by 15 years at UBS, where she became a Managing Director in 1995 and Global Head of Futures in 1996.  Dame Clara then moved to Credit Lyonnaise Rouse where she was Group Chief Executive from 1998 to 2000. From January 2001 to May 2009 she was Chief Executive of the London Stock Exchange.

She was a Non-Executive Director of Nomura Holdings from June 2010 to March 2017, the lead Independent Director of the UK's Department for Work and Pensions until April 2017.  She has also held

Non-Executive Director positions at Euroclear plc, LCH Clearnet Group, Fortis SA, Legal & General Group and was a member of the Shanghai International Financial Advisory Council.  In 2012 she chaired the Lead Expert Group of the UK Government’s Office for Science Foresight Project on the future of computer trading in financial markets.

Dame Clara was also an External Member of the Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee (FPC), joining the new statutory body and macroprudential regulator in April 2013.

Other Notable Interests

In 2005 she was listed as one of the 50 most Powerful Women in Business by Fortune magazine and in 2007, Times magazine ranked Dame Clara among the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Dame Clara was made a Dame of the British Empire in 2008 for her contribution to the Financial Services industry.

She has also served as a Non-Executive Director and Deputy Chairman of LIFFE.

Dame Clara Furse is based in London.

Chris Gibson-Smith

Current Positions

Dr Gibson-Smith is Chairman of Just Group plc, a life insurance company and Vice-Chairman of UBS Investment Bank.  He is also a Chairman of Reform, an independent think tank.

Background Information

Dr Gibson-Smith spent over 30 years with BP plc in various roles, becoming Group Managing Director, before leaving the company in 2001.

He then moved on to become Chairman of National Air Traffic Services (NATS) from 2001 to 2005.

He was Business Ambassador for the UK Trade & Investment organisation (UKTI) (previously known as British Trade International) from 2008 to 2010.

Dr Gibson-Smith stepped down as Chairman of the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) at the end of July 2015, having been in this role since 2003.  The LSEG is an international diversified exchange group, operating a broad range of equity, bond and derivatives markets and offering a wide range of data, information, index and technology products and services.

He was Chairman of The British Land Company plc (UK’s second largest property group by market cap) from 2007 through 2012.

Dr Gibson-Smith was a Governor of the London Business School from 2005 to 2012 and a Non-Executive Director for the Qatar Financial Centre Authority from 2006 to 2012.  He was also a Non-Executive Director for Lloyds Banking Group 1997-2006, and for Powergen plc.

Other Notable Interests

Dr Gibson-Smith was a Sloan Fellow of the Stanford Business School and is an Honorary Fellow of University College Durham.

In the 2011 Queen’s Awards, Dr Gibson-Smith was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Dr Gibson-Smith is based in London. 

Val Gooding

Current Positions

Val Gooding is currently Chairman of UK Insurance for Aviva and a Non-Executive Director of TUI AG and Vodafone Group plc. 

Background Information

Val Gooding began her career with British Airways plc where worked for  23 years and held a number of positions, including Head of Cabin Services, Head of Marketing, Director of Business Units and Director, Asia Pacific.

In 1996 Val Gooding became Managing Director of British United Provident Association (Bupa) and was appointed to the position of CEO in 1998, a role she held for ten years before stepping down in 2008.

Ms Gooding was Chairman of Premier Farnell plc from 2011 to 2016.

She has held Non-Executive Directorships of Standard Chartered Bank plc, the Home Office, the BBC, J Sainsbury plc, Compass Group plc, BAA plc and CWC Communications plc.

Val is a member of the Council of Warwick University, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Warwick Business School, and a Board member of both the Confederation of British Industry and Association of British Insurers.

Ms Gooding was also President of the International Federation of Health Plans.

Other Notable Interests

Val Gooding is a Trustee and Deputy Chairman at the British Museum, Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces, of The English National Ballet, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Chairman of the Lawn Tennis Association Trust.

Ms Gooding was awarded a CBE in 2002 for services to business.

In 2005 ‘Fortune’ magazine listed her as one of the most powerful business women outside the US and in 2006 she was given a PwC Lifetime Achievement Award by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

Ms Gooding has honorary doctorates from Warwick, Cranfield, Bournemouth and Middlesex Universities.

Ms Gooding is based in London.

Jim Hagemann Snabe

Jim Hagemann Snabe is Chairman of AP Moller-Maersk A/S and the Supervisory Board of Siemens AG.  He was previously Vice-Chairman of Bang & Olufsen A/S and Allianz SE.

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Jim Hagemann Snabe

Current Positions

Jim Hagemann Snabe is currently Chairman of AP Moller - Maersk A/S, Chairman of Siemens AG, Vice-Chairman of Allianz SE and he is a Member of the Board of Trustees at World Economic Forum.

He is also a Senior Advisor to Warburg Pincus LLB and Advisory Board Member to Docusign Inc.

Background Information

Jim Hagemann Snabe started his career in 1990 working at SAP AG.  He developed his career through 24 years of service in the IT industry, holding varied leadership roles across Europe.

He moved from Managing Director at SAP Svenska AB to Regional Managing Director, SAP Nordic and then a number of leading roles in SAP AG, Germany culminating in his appointment in 2008 as an Executive Board member and ultimately co-CEO of SAP AG in 2010.  He has also been on the Board of SAP SE, where he was its co-CEO.

In 2014 he decided to leave the role as an executive and leverage his digital experience to help accelerate the digital transformation of society and global non-IT companies.

At this same time Mr Snabe became a member of the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum.  In this role he has been involved in projects related to the digital future of Europe, driven by the European Commission.

From 2015 to 2016 Mr Snabe was Chairman of the World Economic Forum USA.

Mr Snabe has previously served on the Boards of Danske Bank A/S and Bang & Olufsen A/S where he held the position of Vice-Chairman.

Other Notable Interests

He is an academic contributor to and a member of the Board Leadership Society in Denmark and is involved in developing and delivering a new executive leadership development programme at Copenhagen Business School.  In 2016 he was appointed Adjunct Professor at Copenhagen Business School.

Jim Hagemann Snabe is based in Copenhagen and Munich.  

 

Sir Philip Hampton

Sir Philip is the Chairman of GlaxoSmithKline. Previously he was Chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland and J Sainsbury and Group Finance Director for British Steel, BT and British Gas.

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Philip Hampton

Current Positions

Sir Philip is currently the Chairman of GlaxoSmithKline.  He is also a Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Anglo American, and serves as Chairman of their Remuneration Committee.

Background Information

Sir Philip Hampton started his professional career with the auditors Coopers & Lybrand in 1975, working in various audit and investigation positions in London and West Africa.  In 1981 he joined Lazard Brothers, working on mergers and acquisitions, business restructurings and capital markets.

In 1986 he was seconded to Lazard Frères in New York and also worked extensively with Lazard Frères in Paris.

From 1990 he worked for British Steel as Group Finance Director and became Group Finance Director of British Gas in July 1996.  In 2000 he joined BT as Group Finance Director.  From 2002 until 2004 he worked as CFO for the Lloyds TSB Group.

Sir Philip was Chairman of J Sainsbury until 2009 and then became Chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland until he stepped down in May 2015 to become Chairman of GlaxoSmithKline.

Sir Philip has also been Non-Executive Director at RMC Group and is the former Chairman of UK Financial Investments Ltd, set up by the UK Government.

Until the end of 2010 he was a Non-Executive Director at Belgacom, where he chaired the Audit Committee.

Other Notable Interests

Sir Philip was a Vice-Chairman of the CBI from 2008 to 2009.

In December 2006 Sir Philip was knighted for his contribution to Public Services.

Sir Philip Hampton is based in London. 

 

Baroness Hogg

Baroness Hogg is Chairman of the Audit Committee at the John Lewis Partnership. She is lead Independent Director of HM Treasury and has been Chairman of 3i Group.

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Baroness Hogg

Current Positions

Baroness Sarah Hogg is currently Chairman of the Audit Committee at the John Lewis Partnership, she is also a Senior Independent Director of the Financial Conduct Authority and a member of the Takeover Panel. She holds a Non-Executive Directorship at The Times Newspaper Holdings Ltd.

Background Information

Early in her career, Baroness Sarah Hogg was responsible for the economics coverage of a number of Britain's most respected publications, including The Economist, The Times and the Daily Telegraph. She was involved in the start-up of The Independent, hiring and managing its award-winning business team from 1986 to 1989.

Thereafter she was Head of the Prime Minister's Policy Unit from 1990 to 1995 and was closely involved in the programmes of privatisation and private finance, performance measurement in public services and international economic issues. During this time she was the Prime Minister's closest adviser on the Uruguay round of trade negotiations.

Baroness Hogg has extensive experience of business, government and the media, having worked at the highest level in all three sectors. Notably she was the first woman to become Chairman of a FTSE 100 company, and has sat on eight other FTSE 100 Boards.

Baroness Hogg was the founding Chairman of Frontier Economics Ltd. In 2002 she became Chairman of 3i Group, Europe's largest listed private equity company, where she stayed until 2010, when she took on the Chairmanship of the Financial Reporting Council.

She has previously served on the Boards of BG Group, GKN, the dual-listed company Carnival Corporation and Carnival plc, as well as Cadbury plc.

Other Notable Interests

Baroness Hogg is a Trustee of the Trusthouse Foundation, St. Mary's School in Ascot, Lincoln Heritage Trust and of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust.

She was created a Life Peer in the 1995 New Year's Honours List and in 2005 she received the CBI Lifetime Award for Women in Business. Baroness Hogg has also received many honorary fellowships.

Baroness Hogg is based in London. 

 

Dr Franz Humer

Dr Franz B Humer was Chairman and CEO of Roche Holding Ltd, Chairman of Diageo plc and INSEAD.  Dr Humer is an Independent Director of Citigroup Inc.

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Franz Humer

Current Positions

Dr Humer is currently an Independent Lead Director of Arix Bioscience plc.  He also sits on the Board as an Independent Director of Huya Bioscience International LLC.  Dr Humer is an Independent Director of Citigroup Inc, Chairman of the Advisory Board LetterOne Holdings SA, and a member of the European Advisory Board of Temasek Holdings.

Background Information

Dr Humer has spent his executive career in the pharmaceutical industry, commencing with Schering-Plough, which is now known as Merck & Co and then working with Glaxo for many years where he became the COO in 1993.

He joined F Hoffmann-La Roche in 1995 and was appointed CEO of Roche Holding Ltd in 1998, a role he held until 2008.  He has also been the Chairman of the Roche Holding Board from 2001 to March 2014.

He joined the Board of Diageo, the world’s leading spirits company in 2005 and was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Diageo plc from 2008 to December 2016.

Dr Humer was Chairman of INSEAD until January 2015.

Other Notable Interests

He has been Chairman of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children and of the Humer Foundation.

Dr Humer has been awarded several honorary doctorates.

Dr Humer is based in Zurich. 

 

 

Susan S Kilsby

Susan S. Kilsby is Chairman of Shire plc.  She is also a Non-Executive Director of Goldman Sachs International, Diageo plc, Fortune Brands Home and Security, and BBA Aviation. 

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Susan S Kilsby

Current Positions

Susan S. Kilbsy is the current Chairman of Shire plc, she is also  a Non-Executive Director of Goldman Sachs International, Diageo plc, Fortune Brands Home and Security, and BBA Aviation, where she is Senior Independent Director and Chairs the Remuneration Committee.

Background Information

Susan has a BA in Economics from Wellesley College, an MBA from the Yale School of Management and in 2016 received a Doctor of Science (honoris causa) from The City University London.  Susan started her career when she joined The First Boston Corporation, a predecessor company of Credit Suisse, in 1980, working in the Mergers and Acquisition 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 Advisor for EMEA and later Chairman.

From 2009 through 2014, she was Senior Advisor at Credit Suisse, where she focused on senior level coverage of global corporations.

Ms Kilsby previously served on the Boards of Coca-Cola HBC AG, Keurig Green Mountain, where she Chaired the Audit Committee, and L'Occitane SA, where she Chaired the Remuneration Committee.

Other Notable Interests

She 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 Business Leadership Council and serves on the Board of Advisors of the Gordon A Rich Foundation.

Ms Kilsby was Chairman of the International region of C200 from 2010 to 2013: an organisation composed of leading women in business globally and was a founding member of the Competitor Diversity Forum in London.

Susan Kilsby has been recognised by both Forbes.com and Financial News as one of the Top Ten Women in Finance and was again recognised by Financial News each year from 2008 through 2011.

Susan Kilsby is based in Sarasotta, Montreux and Capetown.

 

Jim Hagemann Snabe

Current Positions

Jim Hagemann Snabe is currently Chairman of AP Moller - Maersk A/S, Chairman of Siemens AG, Vice-Chairman of Allianz SE and he is a Member of the Board of Trustees at World Economic Forum.

He is also a Senior Advisor to Warburg Pincus LLB and Advisory Board Member to Docusign Inc.

Background Information

Jim Hagemann Snabe started his career in 1990 working at SAP AG.  He developed his career through 24 years of service in the IT industry, holding varied leadership roles across Europe.

He moved from Managing Director at SAP Svenska AB to Regional Managing Director, SAP Nordic and then a number of leading roles in SAP AG, Germany culminating in his appointment in 2008 as an Executive Board member and ultimately co-CEO of SAP AG in 2010.  He has also been on the Board of SAP SE, where he was its co-CEO.

In 2014 he decided to leave the role as an executive and leverage his digital experience to help accelerate the digital transformation of society and global non-IT companies.

At this same time Mr Snabe became a member of the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum.  In this role he has been involved in projects related to the digital future of Europe, driven by the European Commission.

From 2015 to 2016 Mr Snabe was Chairman of the World Economic Forum USA.

Mr Snabe has previously served on the Boards of Danske Bank A/S and Bang & Olufsen A/S where he held the position of Vice-Chairman.

Other Notable Interests

He is an academic contributor to and a member of the Board Leadership Society in Denmark and is involved in developing and delivering a new executive leadership development programme at Copenhagen Business School.  In 2016 he was appointed Adjunct Professor at Copenhagen Business School.

Jim Hagemann Snabe is based in Copenhagen and Munich.  

Philip Hampton

Current Positions

Sir Philip is currently the Chairman of GlaxoSmithKline.  He is also a Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Anglo American, and serves as Chairman of their Remuneration Committee.

Background Information

Sir Philip Hampton started his professional career with the auditors Coopers & Lybrand in 1975, working in various audit and investigation positions in London and West Africa.  In 1981 he joined Lazard Brothers, working on mergers and acquisitions, business restructurings and capital markets.

In 1986 he was seconded to Lazard Frères in New York and also worked extensively with Lazard Frères in Paris.

From 1990 he worked for British Steel as Group Finance Director and became Group Finance Director of British Gas in July 1996.  In 2000 he joined BT as Group Finance Director.  From 2002 until 2004 he worked as CFO for the Lloyds TSB Group.

Sir Philip was Chairman of J Sainsbury until 2009 and then became Chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland until he stepped down in May 2015 to become Chairman of GlaxoSmithKline.

Sir Philip has also been Non-Executive Director at RMC Group and is the former Chairman of UK Financial Investments Ltd, set up by the UK Government.

Until the end of 2010 he was a Non-Executive Director at Belgacom, where he chaired the Audit Committee.

Other Notable Interests

Sir Philip was a Vice-Chairman of the CBI from 2008 to 2009.

In December 2006 Sir Philip was knighted for his contribution to Public Services.

Sir Philip Hampton is based in London. 

Baroness Hogg

Current Positions

Baroness Sarah Hogg is currently Chairman of the Audit Committee at the John Lewis Partnership, she is also a Senior Independent Director of the Financial Conduct Authority and a member of the Takeover Panel. She holds a Non-Executive Directorship at The Times Newspaper Holdings Ltd.

Background Information

Early in her career, Baroness Sarah Hogg was responsible for the economics coverage of a number of Britain's most respected publications, including The Economist, The Times and the Daily Telegraph. She was involved in the start-up of The Independent, hiring and managing its award-winning business team from 1986 to 1989.

Thereafter she was Head of the Prime Minister's Policy Unit from 1990 to 1995 and was closely involved in the programmes of privatisation and private finance, performance measurement in public services and international economic issues. During this time she was the Prime Minister's closest adviser on the Uruguay round of trade negotiations.

Baroness Hogg has extensive experience of business, government and the media, having worked at the highest level in all three sectors. Notably she was the first woman to become Chairman of a FTSE 100 company, and has sat on eight other FTSE 100 Boards.

Baroness Hogg was the founding Chairman of Frontier Economics Ltd. In 2002 she became Chairman of 3i Group, Europe's largest listed private equity company, where she stayed until 2010, when she took on the Chairmanship of the Financial Reporting Council.

She has previously served on the Boards of BG Group, GKN, the dual-listed company Carnival Corporation and Carnival plc, as well as Cadbury plc.

Other Notable Interests

Baroness Hogg is a Trustee of the Trusthouse Foundation, St. Mary's School in Ascot, Lincoln Heritage Trust and of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust.

She was created a Life Peer in the 1995 New Year's Honours List and in 2005 she received the CBI Lifetime Award for Women in Business. Baroness Hogg has also received many honorary fellowships.

Baroness Hogg is based in London. 

Franz Humer

Current Positions

Dr Humer is currently an Independent Lead Director of Arix Bioscience plc.  He also sits on the Board as an Independent Director of Huya Bioscience International LLC.  Dr Humer is an Independent Director of Citigroup Inc, Chairman of the Advisory Board LetterOne Holdings SA, and a member of the European Advisory Board of Temasek Holdings.

Background Information

Dr Humer has spent his executive career in the pharmaceutical industry, commencing with Schering-Plough, which is now known as Merck & Co and then working with Glaxo for many years where he became the COO in 1993.

He joined F Hoffmann-La Roche in 1995 and was appointed CEO of Roche Holding Ltd in 1998, a role he held until 2008.  He has also been the Chairman of the Roche Holding Board from 2001 to March 2014.

He joined the Board of Diageo, the world’s leading spirits company in 2005 and was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Diageo plc from 2008 to December 2016.

Dr Humer was Chairman of INSEAD until January 2015.

Other Notable Interests

He has been Chairman of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children and of the Humer Foundation.

Dr Humer has been awarded several honorary doctorates.

Dr Humer is based in Zurich. 

 

Susan S Kilsby

Current Positions

Susan S. Kilbsy is the current Chairman of Shire plc, she is also  a Non-Executive Director of Goldman Sachs International, Diageo plc, Fortune Brands Home and Security, and BBA Aviation, where she is Senior Independent Director and Chairs the Remuneration Committee.

Background Information

Susan has a BA in Economics from Wellesley College, an MBA from the Yale School of Management and in 2016 received a Doctor of Science (honoris causa) from The City University London.  Susan started her career when she joined The First Boston Corporation, a predecessor company of Credit Suisse, in 1980, working in the Mergers and Acquisition 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 Advisor for EMEA and later Chairman.

From 2009 through 2014, she was Senior Advisor at Credit Suisse, where she focused on senior level coverage of global corporations.

Ms Kilsby previously served on the Boards of Coca-Cola HBC AG, Keurig Green Mountain, where she Chaired the Audit Committee, and L'Occitane SA, where she Chaired the Remuneration Committee.

Other Notable Interests

She 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 Business Leadership Council and serves on the Board of Advisors of the Gordon A Rich Foundation.

Ms Kilsby was Chairman of the International region of C200 from 2010 to 2013: an organisation composed of leading women in business globally and was a founding member of the Competitor Diversity Forum in London.

Susan Kilsby has been recognised by both Forbes.com and Financial News as one of the Top Ten Women in Finance and was again recognised by Financial News each year from 2008 through 2011.

Susan Kilsby is based in Sarasotta, Montreux and Capetown.

Dr André Lévy-Lang

Dr André Lévy-Lang has been CEO of Paribas. He is Chairman of 'Les Echos' and Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Rothschild & Co.

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André Lévy-Lang

Current Positions

Dr André Lévy-Lang is currently the Chairman of 'Les Echos' and Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Rothschild & Co.

Background Information

Dr André Lévy-Lang began his career with the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA - the French atomic energy commission) in 1960, then joined the Schlumberger Group in 1962 where he held various engineering, marketing and management positions in France and the United States. Between 1963 and 1965 he was a Harkness Fellow at Stanford University.

In 1974 he joined Paribas, a banking group, through one of its major affiliates, Compagnie Bancaire, the leading European group of specialised financial services companies. He was appointed CEO of Compagnie Bancaire in 1982.

In 1990 Dr Lévy-Lang was appointed CEO of the Paribas group, a position he held until 1999 when Banque Nationale de Paris (BNP) acquired Paribas to create BNP-Paribas.

Dr Lévy-Lang was a member of the Executive Board of the French Bankers Association from 1982 to 1999, and from 1988 until 1994, he was Chairman of the Finance Committee of the French Employers Association (MEDEF).

He has held Directorships on the Boards of Péchiney, Elf Aquitaine, Finaxa, Schlumberger, Dexia and Assurances Générales de France (AGF, now part of Allianz). Until May 2011 he was a Non-Executive Director of SCOR. 

Other Notable Interests

Dr Lévy-Lang is a Governor of the American Hospital in Paris, he chairs the Fondation du Risque and the Institut Louis Bachelier and sits on the Boards of the Institut Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI), Fondation Europlace de Finance and Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques (IHES).

He is active as an independent investor and is a Visiting Professor in Finance at Université de Paris-Dauphine.

Dr Lévy-Lang is a Commandeur of the Légion d'Honneur and an Officer of the National Order of Merit.

Dr Lévy-Lang is based in Paris. 

 

Ronnie Leten

Ronnie Leten is Chairman of Ericsson having previously been Chairman of Electrolux and CEO of Atlas Copco.

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Ronnie Leten

Current Positions

Ronnie Leten is the Chairman of Ericsson.  Mr Leten is also the Chairman of Epiroc, a mining and infrastructure subsidiary of Atlas Copco, which will be listed as an independent company in the second half of 2018.  He is currently a Non-Executive Director on the Board of SKF and on the Board of IPCO, a leading global supplier of industrial process solutions.

Background Information

Ronnie Leten has spent most of his career with leading Swedish global companies.

After an early career at General Biscuits in Belgium, he joined Atlas Copco Belgium in 1985, where he had various senior positions until 1995.

He then served for 2 years as Plant Manager for Tenneco Automotive Inc in Belgium before returning to the Atlas Copco Group to become Business Area Leader for the worldwide compressor business.  In 2009 he became CEO of the entire group.

During his eight-year tenure as CEO of the Atlas Copco Group the company’s market capitalization quadrupled to €45bn.  Mr Leten stepped down from this role in early 2017.

Mr Leten has been Non-Executive Director on the Board of Electrolux since 2012 and became its Chairman in 2014 until April 2018.

Other Notable Interests

Ronnie Leten is based in Antwerp and Stockholm.

 

Birger Magnus

Birger Magnus is the Chairman of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation.  He has been the Chairman of Storebrand ASA, Hafslund ASA and of Statoil Fuel & Retail ASA.

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Birger Magnus

Current Positions

Birger Magnus is currently the Chairman of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation and is a Board member of Harvard Business Publishing.  He is also chairing Working Group Two, a JV between Cisco and Telenor.  He is a Board member of the shipping Group Kristian Gerhard Jebsen and also Chairs high growth companies in the digital arena including the start-ups Kolonial.no and Xeneta AS.

Background Information

Birger Magnus started his career with Honeywell Bull before joining McKinsey & Co where he spent 11 years and became Managing Partner of the Norway office.  In 1996 he joined the media group Schibsted ASA as Executive VP and later became Deputy CEO.  During the 13 years he spent with Schibsted in different leadership roles he worked extensively on the digital transformation issues that brought Schibsted to the very front of digital media business models.

As Chairman and Non-Executive Director in sectors such as energy, insurance, shipping and airlines, Mr Magnus has also been leading digital transformation programmes in established industries.

Mr Magnus was previously Board member of Scandinavian Airlines Systems (SAS) AB from 2013-2016, and the Chairman of Statoil Fuel and Retail from 2010 - 2012 - overseeing the sale of the company to Canadian Alimentation Couche-Tard.

He was the Chairman of Storebrand from 2009-2017 and was Vice-Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Aschehoug publishing house from 2010-2016.

Up until 2017 Birger Magnus was also the Chairman of Hafslund ASA.

Other Notable Interests

Mr Magnus Chairs several charities and NGOs and has been Chairman of INSEAD International Council, Norway (since 2008).

He is active in seed venture capital.

Mr Magnus is based in Oslo.

 

Sir Tom McKillop

Sir Tom McKillop was CEO of AstraZeneca, Chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland and Evolva Holdings SA.

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Tom McKillop

Current Positions

Sir Tom McKillop is currently Chairman of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee and Board member of Almirall SA, an international pharmaceutical company headquartered in Spain.

Background Information

Sir Tom McKillop began his career with ICI in 1969 after post-doctoral research work in Paris.

Within ICI Pharmaceuticals Division he held a number of increasingly senior research and development positions, including Director of Research in France, General Manager (Research) and then General Manager (Development), before his appointment in 1989 as Technical Director of ICI Pharmaceuticals.  In this role he had global responsibility for Research, Development, Medical and Production.

In 1992 he was appointed Deputy CEO and in 1994 became CEO of Zeneca Pharmaceuticals (Zeneca having demerged from ICI in 1993).  In 1999 he led the merger of Astra and Zeneca, becoming Chief Executive of AstraZeneca plc, a position he held until retiring at the end of 2005.

Until 2009 Sir Tom was the Chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland and a Non-Executive Director of BP plc.  He has also served as Senior Non-Executive Director of Lloyds TSB Group and been a Non-Executive Director of Theravectys SA (Paris) and Amersham International, before it was acquired by General Electric.

More recently he has held the position of Chairman of Evolva Holdings SA, a Swiss listed biotech company and he has served on the boards of Alere Inc, an international diagnostics company with its headquarters in Massachusetts, USA, and UCB SA, a biopharmaceutical company based in Brussels.

Other Notable Interests

Sir Tom has been President of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations, Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Industry Task Force and a member of both the European Round Table of Industrialists and the European Financial Roundtable. 

He has received many scholarly awards and fellowships.  He is both a Fellow of The Royal Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of The Academy of Medical Sciences, an honorary Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry, and an honorary Fellow of The Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Sir Tom McKillop is based in London. 

 

Gérard Mestrallet

Gérard Mestrallet is Chairman of the Board of Directors of ENGIE and of Suez, having been the CEO and Chairman for 21 years.

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Gérard Mestrallet

Current Positions

Gérard Mestrallet is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of ENGIE and of Suez, having been the CEO and Chairman for 21 years.  He is a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Société Générale SA and a Member of JPMorgan’s International Council.  He is also a member of the Board and member of the Executive Committee of Saudi Electric Company (SEC).

Background Information

Gérard Mestrallet is a graduate of the French engineering school, Ecole Polytechnique, and of Ecole Nationale d’Administration.  He began his career as a Civil Administrator in the Treasury in Paris and then became Advisor on Industrial Affairs to Jacques Delors, Economy and Finance Minister (1982-1984).

Mr Mestrallet then joined Compagnie Financière de SUEZ.  In 1986 he was appointed Senior Executive Vice-President in charge of industrial affairs.  In 1991 he was named Chairman of the Management Committee of Société Générale de Belgique.  In 1995, he became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Compagnie de SUEZ.  Gérard Mestrallet was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GDF SUEZ (now ENGIE) when SUEZ merged with Gaz de France on July 2008. In 2016, he became Chairman of the Board of ENGIE and is also Chairman of the Board of SUEZ.

In 2002 he was a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Crédit Agricole, Casino and Safran. Subsequently he served as a Non-Executive Director for AXA and Saint-Gobain and was a member of the Supervisory Board of Siemens AG until end of January 2018.

Other Notable Interests

Gérard Mestrallet is Chairman of Paris EUROPLACE and of FACE (Foundation Against Exclusion) and Governor of The International Economic Forum of the Americas.

He is Chairman of the Chongqing Mayor's International Economic Advisory Council as well as a Member of the Shanghai and Beijing Mayors’ International Economic Advisory Councils. He is a Director of Tongii University, Shanghai.

Mr Mestrallet has been a Member of the European Round Table of Industrialists and of the French Institute of Directors. Mr Mestrallet received an Honorary Doctorate from Cranfield University in 2010.

He received the Commander of Léopold’s Order in January 1997, Commander of the National Order of Merit of the French Republic in May 2012 and Commander of the Order of the French Legion of Honour in January 2017.

Gérard Mestrallet is based in Paris.

 

André Lévy-Lang

Current Positions

Dr André Lévy-Lang is currently the Chairman of 'Les Echos' and Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Rothschild & Co.

Background Information

Dr André Lévy-Lang began his career with the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA - the French atomic energy commission) in 1960, then joined the Schlumberger Group in 1962 where he held various engineering, marketing and management positions in France and the United States. Between 1963 and 1965 he was a Harkness Fellow at Stanford University.

In 1974 he joined Paribas, a banking group, through one of its major affiliates, Compagnie Bancaire, the leading European group of specialised financial services companies. He was appointed CEO of Compagnie Bancaire in 1982.

In 1990 Dr Lévy-Lang was appointed CEO of the Paribas group, a position he held until 1999 when Banque Nationale de Paris (BNP) acquired Paribas to create BNP-Paribas.

Dr Lévy-Lang was a member of the Executive Board of the French Bankers Association from 1982 to 1999, and from 1988 until 1994, he was Chairman of the Finance Committee of the French Employers Association (MEDEF).

He has held Directorships on the Boards of Péchiney, Elf Aquitaine, Finaxa, Schlumberger, Dexia and Assurances Générales de France (AGF, now part of Allianz). Until May 2011 he was a Non-Executive Director of SCOR. 

Other Notable Interests

Dr Lévy-Lang is a Governor of the American Hospital in Paris, he chairs the Fondation du Risque and the Institut Louis Bachelier and sits on the Boards of the Institut Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI), Fondation Europlace de Finance and Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques (IHES).

He is active as an independent investor and is a Visiting Professor in Finance at Université de Paris-Dauphine.

Dr Lévy-Lang is a Commandeur of the Légion d'Honneur and an Officer of the National Order of Merit.

Dr Lévy-Lang is based in Paris. 

Ronnie Leten

Current Positions

Ronnie Leten is the Chairman of Ericsson.  Mr Leten is also the Chairman of Epiroc, a mining and infrastructure subsidiary of Atlas Copco, which will be listed as an independent company in the second half of 2018.  He is currently a Non-Executive Director on the Board of SKF and on the Board of IPCO, a leading global supplier of industrial process solutions.

Background Information

Ronnie Leten has spent most of his career with leading Swedish global companies.

After an early career at General Biscuits in Belgium, he joined Atlas Copco Belgium in 1985, where he had various senior positions until 1995.

He then served for 2 years as Plant Manager for Tenneco Automotive Inc in Belgium before returning to the Atlas Copco Group to become Business Area Leader for the worldwide compressor business.  In 2009 he became CEO of the entire group.

During his eight-year tenure as CEO of the Atlas Copco Group the company’s market capitalization quadrupled to €45bn.  Mr Leten stepped down from this role in early 2017.

Mr Leten has been Non-Executive Director on the Board of Electrolux since 2012 and became its Chairman in 2014 until April 2018.

Other Notable Interests

Ronnie Leten is based in Antwerp and Stockholm.

Birger Magnus

Current Positions

Birger Magnus is currently the Chairman of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation and is a Board member of Harvard Business Publishing.  He is also chairing Working Group Two, a JV between Cisco and Telenor.  He is a Board member of the shipping Group Kristian Gerhard Jebsen and also Chairs high growth companies in the digital arena including the start-ups Kolonial.no and Xeneta AS.

Background Information

Birger Magnus started his career with Honeywell Bull before joining McKinsey & Co where he spent 11 years and became Managing Partner of the Norway office.  In 1996 he joined the media group Schibsted ASA as Executive VP and later became Deputy CEO.  During the 13 years he spent with Schibsted in different leadership roles he worked extensively on the digital transformation issues that brought Schibsted to the very front of digital media business models.

As Chairman and Non-Executive Director in sectors such as energy, insurance, shipping and airlines, Mr Magnus has also been leading digital transformation programmes in established industries.

Mr Magnus was previously Board member of Scandinavian Airlines Systems (SAS) AB from 2013-2016, and the Chairman of Statoil Fuel and Retail from 2010 - 2012 - overseeing the sale of the company to Canadian Alimentation Couche-Tard.

He was the Chairman of Storebrand from 2009-2017 and was Vice-Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Aschehoug publishing house from 2010-2016.

Up until 2017 Birger Magnus was also the Chairman of Hafslund ASA.

Other Notable Interests

Mr Magnus Chairs several charities and NGOs and has been Chairman of INSEAD International Council, Norway (since 2008).

He is active in seed venture capital.

Mr Magnus is based in Oslo.

Tom McKillop

Current Positions

Sir Tom McKillop is currently Chairman of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee and Board member of Almirall SA, an international pharmaceutical company headquartered in Spain.

Background Information

Sir Tom McKillop began his career with ICI in 1969 after post-doctoral research work in Paris.

Within ICI Pharmaceuticals Division he held a number of increasingly senior research and development positions, including Director of Research in France, General Manager (Research) and then General Manager (Development), before his appointment in 1989 as Technical Director of ICI Pharmaceuticals.  In this role he had global responsibility for Research, Development, Medical and Production.

In 1992 he was appointed Deputy CEO and in 1994 became CEO of Zeneca Pharmaceuticals (Zeneca having demerged from ICI in 1993).  In 1999 he led the merger of Astra and Zeneca, becoming Chief Executive of AstraZeneca plc, a position he held until retiring at the end of 2005.

Until 2009 Sir Tom was the Chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland and a Non-Executive Director of BP plc.  He has also served as Senior Non-Executive Director of Lloyds TSB Group and been a Non-Executive Director of Theravectys SA (Paris) and Amersham International, before it was acquired by General Electric.

More recently he has held the position of Chairman of Evolva Holdings SA, a Swiss listed biotech company and he has served on the boards of Alere Inc, an international diagnostics company with its headquarters in Massachusetts, USA, and UCB SA, a biopharmaceutical company based in Brussels.

Other Notable Interests

Sir Tom has been President of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations, Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Industry Task Force and a member of both the European Round Table of Industrialists and the European Financial Roundtable. 

He has received many scholarly awards and fellowships.  He is both a Fellow of The Royal Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of The Academy of Medical Sciences, an honorary Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry, and an honorary Fellow of The Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Sir Tom McKillop is based in London. 

Gérard Mestrallet

Current Positions

Gérard Mestrallet is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of ENGIE and of Suez, having been the CEO and Chairman for 21 years.  He is a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Société Générale SA and a Member of JPMorgan’s International Council.  He is also a member of the Board and member of the Executive Committee of Saudi Electric Company (SEC).

Background Information

Gérard Mestrallet is a graduate of the French engineering school, Ecole Polytechnique, and of Ecole Nationale d’Administration.  He began his career as a Civil Administrator in the Treasury in Paris and then became Advisor on Industrial Affairs to Jacques Delors, Economy and Finance Minister (1982-1984).

Mr Mestrallet then joined Compagnie Financière de SUEZ.  In 1986 he was appointed Senior Executive Vice-President in charge of industrial affairs.  In 1991 he was named Chairman of the Management Committee of Société Générale de Belgique.  In 1995, he became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Compagnie de SUEZ.  Gérard Mestrallet was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GDF SUEZ (now ENGIE) when SUEZ merged with Gaz de France on July 2008. In 2016, he became Chairman of the Board of ENGIE and is also Chairman of the Board of SUEZ.

In 2002 he was a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Crédit Agricole, Casino and Safran. Subsequently he served as a Non-Executive Director for AXA and Saint-Gobain and was a member of the Supervisory Board of Siemens AG until end of January 2018.

Other Notable Interests

Gérard Mestrallet is Chairman of Paris EUROPLACE and of FACE (Foundation Against Exclusion) and Governor of The International Economic Forum of the Americas.

He is Chairman of the Chongqing Mayor's International Economic Advisory Council as well as a Member of the Shanghai and Beijing Mayors’ International Economic Advisory Councils. He is a Director of Tongii University, Shanghai.

Mr Mestrallet has been a Member of the European Round Table of Industrialists and of the French Institute of Directors. Mr Mestrallet received an Honorary Doctorate from Cranfield University in 2010.

He received the Commander of Léopold’s Order in January 1997, Commander of the National Order of Merit of the French Republic in May 2012 and Commander of the Order of the French Legion of Honour in January 2017.

Gérard Mestrallet is based in Paris.

Glen Moreno

Glen Moreno is a Director of Fidelity International.  He was previously Chairman of Pearson, Virgin Money and Deputy Chairman of Lloyds Bank.

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Glen Moreno

Current Positions

Glen Moreno is a Director of Fidelity International, one of the world's leading investment companies.

Background Information

Glen Moreno spent over 18 years with Citigroup (1969-1987), holding senior positions in Europe and Asia. He was a member of the group's Policy Committee.

From 1987 to 1991 he was Chief Executive of Fidelity International, where he still serves as a Director and Chairman of the Capital Committee.  He led the company's international expansion, including the launch of the hallmark global product range, Fidelity Funds.

Until mid-2009 Mr Moreno was Senior Independent Director of Man Group and was involved in the successful demerger of Man's traditional commodities trading business to focus on financial services. In 2009 he served as Acting Chairman of UK Financial Investments (UKFI), the organisation created to manage the UK government's investment in troubled banks. From 2005 to 2015 he was Chairman of Pearson plc, a global publishing and educational business, and from 2015 to 2018 he was Chairman of Virgin Money.

Mr Moreno has previously held positions as a Senior Independent Director and Deputy Chairman of Lloyds Bank and Deputy Chairman of the Financial Reporting Council.  Until 2017 he was a Director of Grupo Prisa, and a Senior Advisor to HSBC.

Other Notable Interests

Glen Moreno is a Governor of the Ditchley Foundation, founded in 1958 to advance Anglo-American links, and which has since broadened to involve nations from all over the world. As an American and British national, he divides his time between the US and the UK.

He is also a Director of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Glen Moreno is based in London.

 

Harold Norvik

Harald Norvik is former President and CEO of Norwegian oil company Statoil and a former Chairman of SAS, Telenor and DNB Bank.

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Harold Norvik

Current Positions

Harald Norvik is an Independent Consultant who is currently a Member and Lead Director of the Board of ConocoPhillips Inc and the Chairman of Kraft Bank, Imatis and Energynest.  He is also a Member of the Board of Umoe Group, Arundo and Rock Energy and he currently serves as Chairman of the Nominations Committee of Petroleum Geo Services (PGS) and Veidekke.

Background Information

After receiving his Master of Science Degree in Business from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, Harald Norvik worked at the Institute of Technology before serving as Personal Secretary to the Prime Minister of Norway (1976-79) and also as State Secretary at the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (1979-81).

From 1981 to 1988 he was CFO at Aker Group, a leading global oil services company, and from 1986 to 1988 he was CEO of Astrup Høyer and Member of the Executive Board of the Aker Group.

Mr Norvik was appointed CEO and President of Norwegian oil company Statoil in 1988 and he left the company in 1999.

Previously Harald Norvik served as Chairman of SAS (Scandinavian Airline Systems), Telenor, Oslo Stock Exchange and TV2 (Commercial TV Company), and Deputy Chairman of PGS (Petroleum Geo Services). 

Mr Norvik has been Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Den Norske Bank, DNB, and Chairman of the Board of Deep Ocean and also a Board Member of Orkla and AGR Group.

Other Notable Interests

He is the Chairman of the Board of the Norwegian Refugee Council.

Harald Norvik is based in Oslo.

 

Jorma Ollila

Jorma Ollila was previously Chairman and CEO of Nokia and Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell.  He is currently Chairman of Outokumpu.

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Jorma Ollila

Current Positions

Jorma Ollila is Non-Executive Director of Tetra Laval and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Otava Books and Magazines Group Ltd.  Mr Ollila is an Advisory Partner of Perella Weinberg Partners, a Board member of TBG AG and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Miltton Oy and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Xinova Management Group LLC.

Background Information

Jorma Ollila started his career in the banking industry, working with Citibank for seven years in several managerial positions before moving on to join Nokia in 1985.

With Nokia he was President of Nokia Mobile Phones (1990-1992), President and CEO of Nokia Corporation (1992-1999), Chairman and CEO (1999-2006) and finally Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nokia (1999-2012).

Mr Ollila also served as Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell plc from 2006 to 2015 and Chairman of Outokumpu from 2013 to 2018.

He was Chairman of the Board of Directors and the Supervisory Board of the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy ETLA and Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA between 2005 and 2017.

He has previously been a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Ford Motor Company (2000-2008) and Vice-Chairman at UPM-Kymmene Corp.

He was Vice-Chairman of the EU Reflection Group 2007-2010 and was the Chairman of the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT) between 2005 and 2009.

Other Notable Interests

Mr Ollila was a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Helsinki during 2009 to 2017.

He was awarded Commander Grand Cross of the Order of the Lion of Finland in 2006, Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2008 and has received honorary awards in Poland, Germany, the Netherlands and Estonia.

Mr Ollila is based in Helsinki.

 

Sir Richard Olver

Sir Richard was Deputy Group Chief Executive of BP plc before becoming the Chairman of BAE Systems.

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Richard Olver

Current Positions

Sir Richard is currently a Director of a US private Shale business and Chairman of a private European Gas Exploration Company. He serves as an Advisor to Clayton Dubilier & Rice and to HSBC. Sir Richard is also currently a UK Business Ambassador.

Background Information

Sir Richard Olver joined BP plc in 1973. His early career involved a wide range of oil, gas and refining projects in Britain, Canada, Scotland, the Middle East and Norway.

He was appointed Vice-President, BP Pipelines Inc. in 1979. In 1983 he became Divisional Manager for new technology with responsibility for offshore, Arctic and enhanced oil recovery technology development.

In April 1992 Sir Richard became Chief Executive, BP Exploration, USA, where he led BP plc's growth in deep water exploration in the Gulf of Mexico. In 1995 he became Deputy Chief Executive of BP Exploration.

He was appointed to the Board of BP plc and became CEO of Exploration and Production in 1998. Sir Richard led the Upstream E&P business of BP plc for 5 years and became Deputy Group Chief Executive in 2003, a position he held until July 2004.

Sir Richard then became Chairman of BAE Systems, Europe's largest defence company, and held this position for 10 years until early 2014. He was also a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Reuters, subsequently Thomson Reuters, until December 2008.

Sir Richard was also Deputy Chairman of TNK-BP, the largest inward investment ever made in Russia, from July 2004 until October 2006.

Other Notable Interests

From 2005 until 2015 Sir Richard was a member of the Prime Minister's Business Advisory Group.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Civil Engineers and the City and Guilds London Institute.

Sir Richard was knighted in 2013 for services to Business and contribution to UK Corporate Governance. He is a recipient of several honorary doctorates from universities in the UK.

He was awarded the 2015 President's Medal by the Royal Academy of Engineering and in 2012 he was The Sunday Times Non-Executive Director of the Year.

Sir RIchard Olver is based in London, 

 

Sir John Parker

Sir John Parker is Chairman of the Water and Energy Recovery Group, Pennon plc, Chairman of Laing O’Rourke, Non-Executive Director of Carnival Corporation and Airbus Group.

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John Parker

Current Positions

Sir John Parker is Chairman of the Water and Energy Recovery Group, Pennon plc, Chairman of Laing O’Rourke, Non-Executive Director of Carnival Corporation and Airbus Group. He is a Senior Advisor to Spencer Stuart and the Senior Non-Executive Director on the Cabinet Office Board.

Background Information

Sir John Parker started his early career in shipbuilding.  Following nationalisation of the industry he was appointed to the Board of the British Shipbuilders Corporation in 1978 and later became Deputy Chief Executive.  He became Chairman and Chief Executive of Harland & Wolff in 1983.

Sir John joined Babcock International as CEO and then became Chairman and CEO in 1994.  In 1997 he became Non-Executive Director of British Gas, which led to him becoming Chairman of the Lattice Group on its demerger from BG Group.  When Lattice merged with National Grid Sir John became Chairman of National Grid Transco.  

He was, until June 2009, Senior Non-Executive Director and Chair on the Court of the Bank of England and from 2009 to 2017 Sir John was Chairman of Anglo American plc.

Sir John has also been Joint-Chairman of Mondi plc, Chair of the BVT Joint Venture and a member of the Prime Minister's Business Council for Britain.  He was also Chancellor of the University of Southampton.

Sir John has served as Non-Executive Director of the Industrial Development Board of Northern Ireland, British Coal Corporation, GKN plc, BG plc and Brambles Industries plc.  He was Chairman of Firth Rixson plc and Deputy Chairman of P&O Princess Cruises plc.  He was Chairman RMC Group from 2002 where he led the Group’s sale to Cemex of Mexico.   As Chairman of P&O he led the Groups sale to DP World (Dubai) in 2006, where he then held the position of Vice-Chairman up to 2015.

Other Notable Interests

Sir John is a Fellow of numerous prestigious Academies of Engineering and a recipient of honorary doctorates from a number of universities.  He was a Member of the Prime Ministers Committee of Science & Technology and a Member of Davies Committee – Women on Boards.   In 2017 he Chaired the review for Government on Ethnic Diversity on UK Boards and completed ‘A Review of UK Naval Shipbuilding Strategy for MOD’ in 2016.

He was knighted in 2001 for Services to the Defence and Shipbuilding Industries and was appointed GBE in 2012 for Services to Industry and the Voluntary Sectors. 

 Sir John Parker is based in London.

 

Glen Moreno

Current Positions

Glen Moreno is a Director of Fidelity International, one of the world's leading investment companies.

Background Information

Glen Moreno spent over 18 years with Citigroup (1969-1987), holding senior positions in Europe and Asia. He was a member of the group's Policy Committee.

From 1987 to 1991 he was Chief Executive of Fidelity International, where he still serves as a Director and Chairman of the Capital Committee.  He led the company's international expansion, including the launch of the hallmark global product range, Fidelity Funds.

Until mid-2009 Mr Moreno was Senior Independent Director of Man Group and was involved in the successful demerger of Man's traditional commodities trading business to focus on financial services. In 2009 he served as Acting Chairman of UK Financial Investments (UKFI), the organisation created to manage the UK government's investment in troubled banks. From 2005 to 2015 he was Chairman of Pearson plc, a global publishing and educational business, and from 2015 to 2018 he was Chairman of Virgin Money.

Mr Moreno has previously held positions as a Senior Independent Director and Deputy Chairman of Lloyds Bank and Deputy Chairman of the Financial Reporting Council.  Until 2017 he was a Director of Grupo Prisa, and a Senior Advisor to HSBC.

Other Notable Interests

Glen Moreno is a Governor of the Ditchley Foundation, founded in 1958 to advance Anglo-American links, and which has since broadened to involve nations from all over the world. As an American and British national, he divides his time between the US and the UK.

He is also a Director of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Glen Moreno is based in London.

Harold Norvik

Current Positions

Harald Norvik is an Independent Consultant who is currently a Member and Lead Director of the Board of ConocoPhillips Inc and the Chairman of Kraft Bank, Imatis and Energynest.  He is also a Member of the Board of Umoe Group, Arundo and Rock Energy and he currently serves as Chairman of the Nominations Committee of Petroleum Geo Services (PGS) and Veidekke.

Background Information

After receiving his Master of Science Degree in Business from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, Harald Norvik worked at the Institute of Technology before serving as Personal Secretary to the Prime Minister of Norway (1976-79) and also as State Secretary at the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (1979-81).

From 1981 to 1988 he was CFO at Aker Group, a leading global oil services company, and from 1986 to 1988 he was CEO of Astrup Høyer and Member of the Executive Board of the Aker Group.

Mr Norvik was appointed CEO and President of Norwegian oil company Statoil in 1988 and he left the company in 1999.

Previously Harald Norvik served as Chairman of SAS (Scandinavian Airline Systems), Telenor, Oslo Stock Exchange and TV2 (Commercial TV Company), and Deputy Chairman of PGS (Petroleum Geo Services). 

Mr Norvik has been Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Den Norske Bank, DNB, and Chairman of the Board of Deep Ocean and also a Board Member of Orkla and AGR Group.

Other Notable Interests

He is the Chairman of the Board of the Norwegian Refugee Council.

Harald Norvik is based in Oslo.

Jorma Ollila

Current Positions

Jorma Ollila is Non-Executive Director of Tetra Laval and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Otava Books and Magazines Group Ltd.  Mr Ollila is an Advisory Partner of Perella Weinberg Partners, a Board member of TBG AG and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Miltton Oy and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Xinova Management Group LLC.

Background Information

Jorma Ollila started his career in the banking industry, working with Citibank for seven years in several managerial positions before moving on to join Nokia in 1985.

With Nokia he was President of Nokia Mobile Phones (1990-1992), President and CEO of Nokia Corporation (1992-1999), Chairman and CEO (1999-2006) and finally Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nokia (1999-2012).

Mr Ollila also served as Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell plc from 2006 to 2015 and Chairman of Outokumpu from 2013 to 2018.

He was Chairman of the Board of Directors and the Supervisory Board of the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy ETLA and Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA between 2005 and 2017.

He has previously been a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Ford Motor Company (2000-2008) and Vice-Chairman at UPM-Kymmene Corp.

He was Vice-Chairman of the EU Reflection Group 2007-2010 and was the Chairman of the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT) between 2005 and 2009.

Other Notable Interests

Mr Ollila was a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Helsinki during 2009 to 2017.

He was awarded Commander Grand Cross of the Order of the Lion of Finland in 2006, Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2008 and has received honorary awards in Poland, Germany, the Netherlands and Estonia.

Mr Ollila is based in Helsinki.

Richard Olver

Current Positions

Sir Richard is currently a Director of a US private Shale business and Chairman of a private European Gas Exploration Company. He serves as an Advisor to Clayton Dubilier & Rice and to HSBC. Sir Richard is also currently a UK Business Ambassador.

Background Information

Sir Richard Olver joined BP plc in 1973. His early career involved a wide range of oil, gas and refining projects in Britain, Canada, Scotland, the Middle East and Norway.

He was appointed Vice-President, BP Pipelines Inc. in 1979. In 1983 he became Divisional Manager for new technology with responsibility for offshore, Arctic and enhanced oil recovery technology development.

In April 1992 Sir Richard became Chief Executive, BP Exploration, USA, where he led BP plc's growth in deep water exploration in the Gulf of Mexico. In 1995 he became Deputy Chief Executive of BP Exploration.

He was appointed to the Board of BP plc and became CEO of Exploration and Production in 1998. Sir Richard led the Upstream E&P business of BP plc for 5 years and became Deputy Group Chief Executive in 2003, a position he held until July 2004.

Sir Richard then became Chairman of BAE Systems, Europe's largest defence company, and held this position for 10 years until early 2014. He was also a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Reuters, subsequently Thomson Reuters, until December 2008.

Sir Richard was also Deputy Chairman of TNK-BP, the largest inward investment ever made in Russia, from July 2004 until October 2006.

Other Notable Interests

From 2005 until 2015 Sir Richard was a member of the Prime Minister's Business Advisory Group.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Civil Engineers and the City and Guilds London Institute.

Sir Richard was knighted in 2013 for services to Business and contribution to UK Corporate Governance. He is a recipient of several honorary doctorates from universities in the UK.

He was awarded the 2015 President's Medal by the Royal Academy of Engineering and in 2012 he was The Sunday Times Non-Executive Director of the Year.

Sir RIchard Olver is based in London, 

John Parker

Current Positions

Sir John Parker is Chairman of the Water and Energy Recovery Group, Pennon plc, Chairman of Laing O’Rourke, Non-Executive Director of Carnival Corporation and Airbus Group. He is a Senior Advisor to Spencer Stuart and the Senior Non-Executive Director on the Cabinet Office Board.

Background Information

Sir John Parker started his early career in shipbuilding.  Following nationalisation of the industry he was appointed to the Board of the British Shipbuilders Corporation in 1978 and later became Deputy Chief Executive.  He became Chairman and Chief Executive of Harland & Wolff in 1983.

Sir John joined Babcock International as CEO and then became Chairman and CEO in 1994.  In 1997 he became Non-Executive Director of British Gas, which led to him becoming Chairman of the Lattice Group on its demerger from BG Group.  When Lattice merged with National Grid Sir John became Chairman of National Grid Transco.  

He was, until June 2009, Senior Non-Executive Director and Chair on the Court of the Bank of England and from 2009 to 2017 Sir John was Chairman of Anglo American plc.

Sir John has also been Joint-Chairman of Mondi plc, Chair of the BVT Joint Venture and a member of the Prime Minister's Business Council for Britain.  He was also Chancellor of the University of Southampton.

Sir John has served as Non-Executive Director of the Industrial Development Board of Northern Ireland, British Coal Corporation, GKN plc, BG plc and Brambles Industries plc.  He was Chairman of Firth Rixson plc and Deputy Chairman of P&O Princess Cruises plc.  He was Chairman RMC Group from 2002 where he led the Group’s sale to Cemex of Mexico.   As Chairman of P&O he led the Groups sale to DP World (Dubai) in 2006, where he then held the position of Vice-Chairman up to 2015.

Other Notable Interests

Sir John is a Fellow of numerous prestigious Academies of Engineering and a recipient of honorary doctorates from a number of universities.  He was a Member of the Prime Ministers Committee of Science & Technology and a Member of Davies Committee – Women on Boards.   In 2017 he Chaired the review for Government on Ethnic Diversity on UK Boards and completed ‘A Review of UK Naval Shipbuilding Strategy for MOD’ in 2016.

He was knighted in 2001 for Services to the Defence and Shipbuilding Industries and was appointed GBE in 2012 for Services to Industry and the Voluntary Sectors. 

 Sir John Parker is based in London.

Sir John Peace

Sir John Peace is Chairman of the Burberry Group.  He has also been Group Chief Executive of GUS and Chairman of Experian and Standard Chartered.

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John Peace

Current Positions

Sir John Peace is currently Chairman of Burberry Group.

Background Information

Sir John Peace has a strong financial services and retailing background and in 1980 he was one of the founders of CCN Systems, an early pioneer of credit scoring techniques, risk models and the development of customer segmentation systems.  CCN went on to become Experian plc, a global information services company providing data and analytical tools to clients in over 90 countries.

In 2000 he became Group CEO of GUS plc, of which Experian and Burberry were a part.  He spearheaded a major restructuring strategy to refocus the group, including the acquisition and disposal of more than 50 businesses worldwide.

In 2002, Burberry was floated on the London Stock Exchange with Sir John as its Chairman.

In 2006 GUS plc was demerged and Experian became a FTSE 100 business in its own right, again with Sir John as its Chairman up until 2014.

In 2007 Sir John joined the Board of Standard Chartered Bank PLC and held the position of Chairman from 2009 to 2016.

Other Notable Interests

Sir John is committed to supporting his local community and has a long-standing interest in education.  For 10 years he was Chairman of the Board of Governors of Nottingham Trent University.  He has been a Trustee of the Djanogly City Academy in Nottingham since 1999.

He is Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire and was knighted in 2011 for services to business and the voluntary sector. Sir John is also committed to supporting the Midlands region and is currently Chairman of the Midlands Engine Partnership and Midlands Connect. He is the Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University.

Sir John Peace is based in London.

 

Roberto Quarta

Roberto Quarta is Chairman of WPP plc and of Smith & Nephew plc.  He is also Partner and Chairman of CD&R Europe and has been Chairman of Rexel and IMI plc.

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Roberto Quarta

Current Positions

Roberto Quarta is currently Chairman of WPP plc and of Smith & Nephew plc.  He is also Partner and Chairman of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Europe (CD&R), where he played the lead operating role in their investment in SPIE, a global energy and communications’ company with 40,000 employees.

Background Information

Roberto Quarta started his career with BTR plc in 1979 and was their Regional MD and Executive VP before his final role as Divisional CEO and Main Board member, before leaving them in 1993.

He joined BBA Group as Chief Executive in 1993, becoming their Chairman in 2001, a role he kept until 2006 after joining CD&R.

Mr Quarta has previously been the Chairman of Rexel SA, IMI plc and Brake Brothers plc.  He was also previously on the Boards of SPIE SA, BAE Systems, Equant NV, Worcester Controls Corp, BTR plc, PowerGen plc and Foster Wheeler Corp.

Other Notable Interests

He was a member of the Advisory Board of INSEAD and of Stockwell Communications LLP and former Trustee of the College of the Holy Cross.

Roberto Quarta is based in London.

 

Sir Michael Rake, FCA, FCGI

Sir Michael Rake is currently a Director of S&P Global and Chairman of Majid AL Futtaim Holdings LLC.  He was previously Chairman of BT Group, KPMG International, Worldpay Group plc and Easyjet.

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Michael Rake, FCA, FCGI

Current Positions

Sir Michael Rake is currently a Director of S&P Global and Chairman of Majid AL Futtaim Holdings LLC.  In 2016 he took on 4 new roles: Chairman of the Advisory Council for ‘A Blueprint for Better Business’, Advisor to Teneo Holdings LLC and to ENGIE in the ÚK, as well as Chairman of Phoenix Global resources. 

His business roles include Chairmanship of the International Chamber of Commerce UK, member of the Advisory Council for Business for New Europe and on the Board of the TransAtlantic Business Council.

He is also a Senior Advisor for Chatham House and a member of the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation Global Advisory Board.

Background Information

Sir Michael Rake has spent most of his executive career with KPMG, joining in 1974 to work in Continental Europe, before transferring to the Middle East for three years in 1986.  He transferred to London in 1989, became a member of their UK Board in 1991 and was elected UK Senior Partner in 1998.

From 2002 to 2007 Sir Michael was Chairman of KPMG International.  Prior to this he was Chairman of KPMG in Europe and Senior Partner of KPMG in the UK.

Sir Michael is also a former Chairman of BT Group plc and Worldpay Group plc and he stepped down as Chairman of easyJet plc during the summer of 2013.

From 2012 – 2015 he was Deputy Chairman of Barclays and was, until 2015, President of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) as well as being a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group until end 2015.

Other Notable Interests

Sir Michael was Chair of Governors and Vice President, Wellington College 2010 to 2016 and is also a William Pitt Fellow at Pembroke College, Cambridge.  He was Chairman of the Henley Festival from 2011 to 2016.  He is also Chairman of Great Ormond Street Hospital and Vice-President of the RNÍB.

He was the first Chairman of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills from 2007 to 2010 and was a member of the National Security Forum for 2009/2010. 

Sir Michael was also a Director at the Financial Reporting Council from 2007 until 2011.  He was Chairman of Business in the Community, a member of the Board of the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum and Chairman of the Private Equity Oversight group and the Guidelines Monitoring Committee.  

Sir Michael was knighted in the 2007 New Year’s Honours List. In 2013 he received the Channing Award for Corporate Citizenship, was named FTSE 100 Non-Executive Director of the year and also received the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2011 he received the British American Business UK Transatlantic Business Award in recognition of outstanding business leadership.

Sir Michael Rake is based in London.

 

Denis Ranque

Denis Ranque is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Airbus SE since March 2013 (formerly EADS).  He was previously Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Thomson-CSF group.

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Denis Ranque

Current Positions

Denis Ranque is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Airbus SE (formerly EADS). He has been a member of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain's Board of Directors since 2002 and a member of CMA-CGM's Board of Directors since 2010.

Background Information

Denis Ranque began his career at the French Ministry for Industry, where he held various positions in the energy sector before joining the Thomson Group in 1983 as Planning Director.

The following year, he moved to the electron tubes division, first as Director of space business, then, from 1986, as Director of the division's microwave tubes department.  Two years later, the electron tubes division became the affiliate Thomson Tubes Electroniques, and Mr Ranque took over as Chief Executive of this subsidiary in 1989.

In April 1992, he was appointed Chairman and CEO of Thomson Sintra Activités Sous-Marines.  Four years later, he became CEO of Thomson Marconi Sonar, the sonar systems joint venture set up by Thomson-CSF and GEC-Marconi.

In January 1998, he was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Thomson-CSF group, now called Thales.  He resigned from this position in May 2009, as a consequence of a change in shareholding.

From 2010 to 2012 Mr Ranque was Chairman of the Board of Technicolor.  He was Chairman of the Board of the Ecole des Mines ParisTech from 2001 to 2012 and Chairman of the Cercle de l’Industrie, an association which unites France’s biggest industrial companies, from 2002 to 2012.

He stepped down from the Board of CGG Veritas in 2012.

Mr Ranque was a member of the Fonds Stratégique d'Investissement (FSI) Board of Directors between 2012 and 2013 and held the post of President of the French Corporate Governance Committee (AFEP/MEDEF) between 2013 and 2017.

Other Notable Interests

Since 2014 Mr Ranque has been the Chairman of Fondation de l'Ecole Polytechnique and has been elected a Member of Académie des Technologies.

Mr Ranque is an Officer of the Légion d'Honneur and a Commander of the National Order of Merit.

He has been awarded a CBE in the UK and is a member of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Mr Ranque is based in Paris. 

 

Vagn Sørensen

Vagn Sørensen is Chairman of Air Canada Inc. and FLSmidth & CO.  He is Senior Advisor to EQT Partners, former Chairman of British Midland and Scandic Hotel Group AB and former CEO of Austrian Airlines.

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Vagn Sørensen

Current Positions

Vagn Sørensen is currently Chairman of Air Canada Inc.  He also serves as Chairman of FLSmidth and Co. A/S, SSP Group plc, Zebra A/S (Tiger) and TIA Technology.  Mr Sørensen is also a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Royal Caribbean Cruises and a Senior Advisor to EQT Partners.

Background Information

Vagn Sørensen has spent most of his executive career in the aviation business.  He first worked for SAS for a period of ten years, after which time he joined Austrian Airlines where he served as CEO from 2001 to 2006.

Mr Sørensen has since pursued a career as a Non-Executive Director in the leisure, hotel and aviation sectors.  He is currently on the Board of Directors at Unilode Aviation Solutions AG, Nordic Aviation Capital A/S and VFS Global AG.

He has around 20 years’ experience in private equity, mainly with EQT.

Mr Sørensen was previously Chairman of British Midland Airways Ltd, Chairman of Scandic Hotels Group AB (-April 2018), member of the Supervisory Board of Lufthansa Cargo AG, Deputy Chairman of DFDS A/S, Chairman of the Association of European Airlines, member of the Board of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Chairman of deSter Holding BV.

He has also served on the Boards of Scandinavian International Management Institute and Vienna Stock Exchange,  JP/Politikens Hus and was Chairman of TDC A/S, the Danish incumbent telco operator.

Other Notable Interests

He is on the Board of the Rock’n Roll Forever Foundation.

Vagn Sørensen is based in London and Copenhagen.

 

John Peace

Current Positions

Sir John Peace is currently Chairman of Burberry Group.

Background Information

Sir John Peace has a strong financial services and retailing background and in 1980 he was one of the founders of CCN Systems, an early pioneer of credit scoring techniques, risk models and the development of customer segmentation systems.  CCN went on to become Experian plc, a global information services company providing data and analytical tools to clients in over 90 countries.

In 2000 he became Group CEO of GUS plc, of which Experian and Burberry were a part.  He spearheaded a major restructuring strategy to refocus the group, including the acquisition and disposal of more than 50 businesses worldwide.

In 2002, Burberry was floated on the London Stock Exchange with Sir John as its Chairman.

In 2006 GUS plc was demerged and Experian became a FTSE 100 business in its own right, again with Sir John as its Chairman up until 2014.

In 2007 Sir John joined the Board of Standard Chartered Bank PLC and held the position of Chairman from 2009 to 2016.

Other Notable Interests

Sir John is committed to supporting his local community and has a long-standing interest in education.  For 10 years he was Chairman of the Board of Governors of Nottingham Trent University.  He has been a Trustee of the Djanogly City Academy in Nottingham since 1999.

He is Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire and was knighted in 2011 for services to business and the voluntary sector. Sir John is also committed to supporting the Midlands region and is currently Chairman of the Midlands Engine Partnership and Midlands Connect. He is the Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University.

Sir John Peace is based in London.

Roberto Quarta

Current Positions

Roberto Quarta is currently Chairman of WPP plc and of Smith & Nephew plc.  He is also Partner and Chairman of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Europe (CD&R), where he played the lead operating role in their investment in SPIE, a global energy and communications’ company with 40,000 employees.

Background Information

Roberto Quarta started his career with BTR plc in 1979 and was their Regional MD and Executive VP before his final role as Divisional CEO and Main Board member, before leaving them in 1993.

He joined BBA Group as Chief Executive in 1993, becoming their Chairman in 2001, a role he kept until 2006 after joining CD&R.

Mr Quarta has previously been the Chairman of Rexel SA, IMI plc and Brake Brothers plc.  He was also previously on the Boards of SPIE SA, BAE Systems, Equant NV, Worcester Controls Corp, BTR plc, PowerGen plc and Foster Wheeler Corp.

Other Notable Interests

He was a member of the Advisory Board of INSEAD and of Stockwell Communications LLP and former Trustee of the College of the Holy Cross.

Roberto Quarta is based in London.

Michael Rake, FCA, FCGI

Current Positions

Sir Michael Rake is currently a Director of S&P Global and Chairman of Majid AL Futtaim Holdings LLC.  In 2016 he took on 4 new roles: Chairman of the Advisory Council for ‘A Blueprint for Better Business’, Advisor to Teneo Holdings LLC and to ENGIE in the ÚK, as well as Chairman of Phoenix Global resources. 

His business roles include Chairmanship of the International Chamber of Commerce UK, member of the Advisory Council for Business for New Europe and on the Board of the TransAtlantic Business Council.

He is also a Senior Advisor for Chatham House and a member of the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation Global Advisory Board.

Background Information

Sir Michael Rake has spent most of his executive career with KPMG, joining in 1974 to work in Continental Europe, before transferring to the Middle East for three years in 1986.  He transferred to London in 1989, became a member of their UK Board in 1991 and was elected UK Senior Partner in 1998.

From 2002 to 2007 Sir Michael was Chairman of KPMG International.  Prior to this he was Chairman of KPMG in Europe and Senior Partner of KPMG in the UK.

Sir Michael is also a former Chairman of BT Group plc and Worldpay Group plc and he stepped down as Chairman of easyJet plc during the summer of 2013.

From 2012 – 2015 he was Deputy Chairman of Barclays and was, until 2015, President of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) as well as being a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group until end 2015.

Other Notable Interests

Sir Michael was Chair of Governors and Vice President, Wellington College 2010 to 2016 and is also a William Pitt Fellow at Pembroke College, Cambridge.  He was Chairman of the Henley Festival from 2011 to 2016.  He is also Chairman of Great Ormond Street Hospital and Vice-President of the RNÍB.

He was the first Chairman of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills from 2007 to 2010 and was a member of the National Security Forum for 2009/2010. 

Sir Michael was also a Director at the Financial Reporting Council from 2007 until 2011.  He was Chairman of Business in the Community, a member of the Board of the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum and Chairman of the Private Equity Oversight group and the Guidelines Monitoring Committee.  

Sir Michael was knighted in the 2007 New Year’s Honours List. In 2013 he received the Channing Award for Corporate Citizenship, was named FTSE 100 Non-Executive Director of the year and also received the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2011 he received the British American Business UK Transatlantic Business Award in recognition of outstanding business leadership.

Sir Michael Rake is based in London.

Denis Ranque

Current Positions

Denis Ranque is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Airbus SE (formerly EADS). He has been a member of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain's Board of Directors since 2002 and a member of CMA-CGM's Board of Directors since 2010.

Background Information

Denis Ranque began his career at the French Ministry for Industry, where he held various positions in the energy sector before joining the Thomson Group in 1983 as Planning Director.

The following year, he moved to the electron tubes division, first as Director of space business, then, from 1986, as Director of the division's microwave tubes department.  Two years later, the electron tubes division became the affiliate Thomson Tubes Electroniques, and Mr Ranque took over as Chief Executive of this subsidiary in 1989.

In April 1992, he was appointed Chairman and CEO of Thomson Sintra Activités Sous-Marines.  Four years later, he became CEO of Thomson Marconi Sonar, the sonar systems joint venture set up by Thomson-CSF and GEC-Marconi.

In January 1998, he was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Thomson-CSF group, now called Thales.  He resigned from this position in May 2009, as a consequence of a change in shareholding.

From 2010 to 2012 Mr Ranque was Chairman of the Board of Technicolor.  He was Chairman of the Board of the Ecole des Mines ParisTech from 2001 to 2012 and Chairman of the Cercle de l’Industrie, an association which unites France’s biggest industrial companies, from 2002 to 2012.

He stepped down from the Board of CGG Veritas in 2012.

Mr Ranque was a member of the Fonds Stratégique d'Investissement (FSI) Board of Directors between 2012 and 2013 and held the post of President of the French Corporate Governance Committee (AFEP/MEDEF) between 2013 and 2017.

Other Notable Interests

Since 2014 Mr Ranque has been the Chairman of Fondation de l'Ecole Polytechnique and has been elected a Member of Académie des Technologies.

Mr Ranque is an Officer of the Légion d'Honneur and a Commander of the National Order of Merit.

He has been awarded a CBE in the UK and is a member of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Mr Ranque is based in Paris. 

Vagn Sørensen

Current Positions

Vagn Sørensen is currently Chairman of Air Canada Inc.  He also serves as Chairman of FLSmidth and Co. A/S, SSP Group plc, Zebra A/S (Tiger) and TIA Technology.  Mr Sørensen is also a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Royal Caribbean Cruises and a Senior Advisor to EQT Partners.

Background Information

Vagn Sørensen has spent most of his executive career in the aviation business.  He first worked for SAS for a period of ten years, after which time he joined Austrian Airlines where he served as CEO from 2001 to 2006.

Mr Sørensen has since pursued a career as a Non-Executive Director in the leisure, hotel and aviation sectors.  He is currently on the Board of Directors at Unilode Aviation Solutions AG, Nordic Aviation Capital A/S and VFS Global AG.

He has around 20 years’ experience in private equity, mainly with EQT.

Mr Sørensen was previously Chairman of British Midland Airways Ltd, Chairman of Scandic Hotels Group AB (-April 2018), member of the Supervisory Board of Lufthansa Cargo AG, Deputy Chairman of DFDS A/S, Chairman of the Association of European Airlines, member of the Board of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Chairman of deSter Holding BV.

He has also served on the Boards of Scandinavian International Management Institute and Vienna Stock Exchange,  JP/Politikens Hus and was Chairman of TDC A/S, the Danish incumbent telco operator.

Other Notable Interests

He is on the Board of the Rock’n Roll Forever Foundation.

Vagn Sørensen is based in London and Copenhagen.

Lord David Simon

Lord Simon of Highbury CBE was Deputy Chairman of Unilever and CEO & Chairman of BP plc. Lord Simon was also Minister of State in HM Treasury and the Department of Trade and Industry.

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David Simon

Current Positions

Lord Simon of Highbury CBE is currently an Advisory Board member of Dana Gas, Montrose Associates and MWM.  Lord Simon is a member of the Board of Governors of the Institute for Government in the UK. He also sits on the Council for the Centre for European Reform in London and the Board of CEPS in Brussels.

Background Information

Lord Simon of Highbury started his career with British Petroleum plc and joined the BP Group Main Board in 1985 where he was Managing Director Finance and COO.  He became Group Chief Executive in 1992 and was appointed Chairman in 1995.

In 1997, Lord Simon was appointed Minister of State in HM Treasury and the Department of Trade and Industry as Minister for Trade and Competitiveness in Europe.  He retired from ministerial office and the Lords Front Bench in 1999 to become Advisor to the Cabinet Office.

He was appointed by President Prodi to be one of the three-man team advising on the impact of enlargement of the European Union.

Previously, Lord Simon was Deputy Chairman of Unilever from 2006-2009, having joined their Board in 2000.  He has been Vice-President of the European Round Table of Industrialists and a member of the CBI President's Committee.  He was also a Non-Executive Director of the Bank of England, RTZ (later renamed to Rio Tinto) and Grand Metropolitan.  He was previously a member of the Kuratorium of the Hertie Foundation in Frankfurt.

Lord Simon has been a member of the Advisory Boards of Deutsche Bank, Allianz, Fortis and LEK and a member of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen.  He was also a Trustee and Chairman of the Cambridge University Foundation and then Deputy Chairman of the University Council.

He was a Non-Executive Director at Engie until May 2016.

Other Notable Interests

He was appointed CBE in 1991, KBE in 1995 and entered the House of Lords in 1997.

Lord Simon is based in London.

 

Sir Richard Sykes

Sir Richard Sykes was Chairman and CEO of GlaxoSmithKline and Vice-Chairman of Lonza Group. He is Chairman of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

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Richard Sykes

Current Positions

Sir Richard Sykes is currently Chairman of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, of the UK Stem Cell Foundation and of PDS Biotechnology Corp, the Royal Institution of Great Britain and NetScientific plc.  He is also Chairman of The UK Stem Cell Foundation, of the International Advisory Board, of A*Star Biomedical Research Council, Singapore and Chancellor of Brunel University.

Background Information

Sir Richard Sykes joined Glaxo Research in 1972 as Head of its Antibiotic Research Unit.  In 1977 he moved to the US to join the Squibb Institute for Medical Research where he progressed to Vice- President, before re-joining Glaxo in the UK as Chief Executive of Glaxo Group Research in 1986.

In March 1993 Sir Richard was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive of Glaxo, taking on the same roles at Glaxo Wellcome in 1997 following the acquisition of Wellcome.  He subsequently led the company until 2002, through the formation of GlaxoSmithKline, where he was Chairman and CEO.

Sir Richard was a Senior Independent Director of Rio Tinto plc from 1997 to 2008 and Chairman of NHS London from December 2008 to July 2010.  He has also been on the board of ContraFect and a Non-Executive Chairman of Circassia Holdings Ltd.

Until 2011 he was Senior Independent Director, Non-Executive Deputy Chairman and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee of Eurasian National Resources Corp (ENRC) and until April 2013 he was also Vice-Chairman at Swiss life sciences company Lonza Group.

Sir Richard has also been Chairman of the British Pharma Group, Medeus Pharma, member of the President's Committee of the Confederation of British Industry, member of the UK Trade Policy Forum, Chairman of the Task Force for Inward Investment in the UK Pharmaceutical Industry, member of the Advisory Committee for Human Genome Research, member of the Council for Industry & Higher Education and member of DTI's Strategy Board.

Other Notable Interests

Sir Richard holds a number of degrees and awards from institutions both in the UK and overseas.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and Academy of Medical Sciences, and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society of Chemistry, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Royal College of Pathologists and Royal College of Physicians.  He is also President of the R&D Society, a position he has held since July 2002.  

He is a Fellow of Imperial College London, where he was Rector from 2001 to 2008, and a Fellow of Imperial College School of Medicine, King's College London, a Fleming Fellow at Lincoln College and Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales, Cardiff and the University of Central Lancashire.

Sir Richard received a Knighthood in the 1994 New Year's Honours list for services to the pharmaceutical industry and was awarded Honorary Citizenship of Singapore in 2004 for his contribution to the development of the country's biomedical sciences industry.

Sir Richard is based in London.

 

Sidney Taurel

Sidney Taurel is Chairman of Pearson plc.  He was previously the CEO and Chairman of Eli Lilly and Company.

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Sidney Taurel

Current Positions

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

Background Information

Sidney Taurel was educated in Europe and graduated from HEC Paris.  He has spent most of his career with the global pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly and Company, where he served as their CEO and Chairman up to 2008, becoming Chairman Emeritus in 2009.

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

Mr Taurel was a member of the Boards of ITT Industries, 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, now the CRG group, and an Advisory Board member at the global investment bank Moelis & Co and at the Japanese pharmaceutical company Takeda.

Other Notable Interests

Mr Taurel is an Officer of the French Legion of Honour.  He is also a recipient of the Ellis Island Medals of Honour from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) Inc.

Sidney Taurel is based in Miami and London.

 

Thomas Thune Andersen

Thomas Thune Andersen is Chairman of Lloyd's Register Group, UK, as well as Orsted A/S. Previously he was President and CEO Maersk Inc.

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Thomas Thune Andersen

Current Positions

Thomas Thune Andersen is currently Chairman of Lloyd's Register Group, UK and Lloyds Foundation, as well as Orsted A/S, Denmark (previously DONG ENERGY) which was successfully listed on Copenhagen Stock Exchange in June 2016 and was at the time the largest global IPO that year.  He is also a Non-Executive Director of BW Offshore Ltd and Vice-Chairman of VKR Holdings A/S.  These companies represent an international Board portfolio in plcs as well as privately owned companies and cover a range of different ownership structures and governance models. He will join the Board of IMI plc in July 2018.

Background Information

Thomas Thune Andersen joined AP Moller-Maersk in 1977 and developed an international career with a wide ranging global experience.  He has held numerous senior positions throughout the Group including President and CEO of Maersk Inc, based in New Jersey USA, Managing Director for Maersk Company Ltd, based in UK and latterly as Partner and Member of the Executive Board, and Chief Executive Officer, Maersk Oil.

During his more than 30 years tenure with APM-Maersk he has worked globally with business sectors like Container-Shipping, Logistics, Port Operation and Development; Ship owning and Operation, Oil field Services including Drilling Rigs and traditional upstream E&P.

His experience both through his role as Chairman, Board member, consultant and not least though his long and wide spread career in the AP Moeller-Maersk Group has granted him an extensive global insight, experience from different societal and business cultures as well an extensive international network.

Mr Thune Andersen was head of the process when Lloyd’s Register Foundation, one of the largest UK charities with focus on scientific and technical research as well as support to scientific education, was established in 2013.

Mr Thune Andersen was previously Non-Executive Director of SSE plc, Scotland (2009-2014) and Chairman of DeepOcean Group Holding, the Netherlands (2011-2016), and he was Senior Independent Director of Petrofac from 2014-2017.

Other Notable Interests

He has been appointed a Freeman of the City of London.

Thomas Thune Andersen is based in London and Copenhagen.

 

David Tyler

David Tyler is Chairman of J Sainsbury, Hammerson and Domestic & General.  Previously he Chaired Logica and 3i Quoted Private Equity plc.

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David Tyler

Current Positions

David Tyler is currently the Chairman of J Sainsbury plc, Hammerson plc, and Domestic & General Ltd.

Background Information

David Tyler has had four employers in his executive career: Unilever, NatWest, Christie's and GUS.

He learned the basics with Unilever between 1974 and 1986 in a variety of financial, commercial, strategic and general management roles.  He also became a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants during this period.

He then spent three years with NatWest Investment Bank as Group Financial Controller and Director of Finance.  From 1989 to 1996, he was the Group Finance Director of Christie's International plc and was the Chief Executive of its American business for two years.

Thereafter, he was Group Finance Director of GUS plc from 1997 to 2006, where he took financial and strategic responsibility for the Group through its major transformation over these years.

Following the de-merger of GUS in 2006, Mr Tyler 'went plural' and has been active in a range of Non-Executive roles.

Today he Chairs J Sainsbury plc (since 2009), Hammerson plc (since 2013) and Domestic & General Ltd (since 2015).

Previously he was Chairman of Logica plc from 2007 until 2012 when the business was sold.  He was also Chairman of 3i Quoted Private Equity plc from its launch in 2007 until 2009.

In addition, Mr Tyler was a Non-Executive Director of Burberry Group plc from 2002 to 2015, of Experian plc from 2006 to 2012, and of Reckitt Benckiser Group plc from 2007 until 2009.

Other Notable Interests

David Tyler has been the Chairman of Hampstead Theatre Ltd since 2012.

He is a Visiting Fellow of Said Business School, Oxford University, and is a founding member of the 30 Percent Club.

David Tyler is based in London.

 

David Simon

Current Positions

Lord Simon of Highbury CBE is currently an Advisory Board member of Dana Gas, Montrose Associates and MWM.  Lord Simon is a member of the Board of Governors of the Institute for Government in the UK. He also sits on the Council for the Centre for European Reform in London and the Board of CEPS in Brussels.

Background Information

Lord Simon of Highbury started his career with British Petroleum plc and joined the BP Group Main Board in 1985 where he was Managing Director Finance and COO.  He became Group Chief Executive in 1992 and was appointed Chairman in 1995.

In 1997, Lord Simon was appointed Minister of State in HM Treasury and the Department of Trade and Industry as Minister for Trade and Competitiveness in Europe.  He retired from ministerial office and the Lords Front Bench in 1999 to become Advisor to the Cabinet Office.

He was appointed by President Prodi to be one of the three-man team advising on the impact of enlargement of the European Union.

Previously, Lord Simon was Deputy Chairman of Unilever from 2006-2009, having joined their Board in 2000.  He has been Vice-President of the European Round Table of Industrialists and a member of the CBI President's Committee.  He was also a Non-Executive Director of the Bank of England, RTZ (later renamed to Rio Tinto) and Grand Metropolitan.  He was previously a member of the Kuratorium of the Hertie Foundation in Frankfurt.

Lord Simon has been a member of the Advisory Boards of Deutsche Bank, Allianz, Fortis and LEK and a member of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen.  He was also a Trustee and Chairman of the Cambridge University Foundation and then Deputy Chairman of the University Council.

He was a Non-Executive Director at Engie until May 2016.

Other Notable Interests

He was appointed CBE in 1991, KBE in 1995 and entered the House of Lords in 1997.

Lord Simon is based in London.

Richard Sykes

Current Positions

Sir Richard Sykes is currently Chairman of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, of the UK Stem Cell Foundation and of PDS Biotechnology Corp, the Royal Institution of Great Britain and NetScientific plc.  He is also Chairman of The UK Stem Cell Foundation, of the International Advisory Board, of A*Star Biomedical Research Council, Singapore and Chancellor of Brunel University.

Background Information

Sir Richard Sykes joined Glaxo Research in 1972 as Head of its Antibiotic Research Unit.  In 1977 he moved to the US to join the Squibb Institute for Medical Research where he progressed to Vice- President, before re-joining Glaxo in the UK as Chief Executive of Glaxo Group Research in 1986.

In March 1993 Sir Richard was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive of Glaxo, taking on the same roles at Glaxo Wellcome in 1997 following the acquisition of Wellcome.  He subsequently led the company until 2002, through the formation of GlaxoSmithKline, where he was Chairman and CEO.

Sir Richard was a Senior Independent Director of Rio Tinto plc from 1997 to 2008 and Chairman of NHS London from December 2008 to July 2010.  He has also been on the board of ContraFect and a Non-Executive Chairman of Circassia Holdings Ltd.

Until 2011 he was Senior Independent Director, Non-Executive Deputy Chairman and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee of Eurasian National Resources Corp (ENRC) and until April 2013 he was also Vice-Chairman at Swiss life sciences company Lonza Group.

Sir Richard has also been Chairman of the British Pharma Group, Medeus Pharma, member of the President's Committee of the Confederation of British Industry, member of the UK Trade Policy Forum, Chairman of the Task Force for Inward Investment in the UK Pharmaceutical Industry, member of the Advisory Committee for Human Genome Research, member of the Council for Industry & Higher Education and member of DTI's Strategy Board.

Other Notable Interests

Sir Richard holds a number of degrees and awards from institutions both in the UK and overseas.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and Academy of Medical Sciences, and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society of Chemistry, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Royal College of Pathologists and Royal College of Physicians.  He is also President of the R&D Society, a position he has held since July 2002.  

He is a Fellow of Imperial College London, where he was Rector from 2001 to 2008, and a Fellow of Imperial College School of Medicine, King's College London, a Fleming Fellow at Lincoln College and Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales, Cardiff and the University of Central Lancashire.

Sir Richard received a Knighthood in the 1994 New Year's Honours list for services to the pharmaceutical industry and was awarded Honorary Citizenship of Singapore in 2004 for his contribution to the development of the country's biomedical sciences industry.

Sir Richard is based in London.

Sidney Taurel

Current Positions

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

Background Information

Sidney Taurel was educated in Europe and graduated from HEC Paris.  He has spent most of his career with the global pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly and Company, where he served as their CEO and Chairman up to 2008, becoming Chairman Emeritus in 2009.

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

Mr Taurel was a member of the Boards of ITT Industries, 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, now the CRG group, and an Advisory Board member at the global investment bank Moelis & Co and at the Japanese pharmaceutical company Takeda.

Other Notable Interests

Mr Taurel is an Officer of the French Legion of Honour.  He is also a recipient of the Ellis Island Medals of Honour from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) Inc.

Sidney Taurel is based in Miami and London.

Thomas Thune Andersen

Current Positions

Thomas Thune Andersen is currently Chairman of Lloyd's Register Group, UK and Lloyds Foundation, as well as Orsted A/S, Denmark (previously DONG ENERGY) which was successfully listed on Copenhagen Stock Exchange in June 2016 and was at the time the largest global IPO that year.  He is also a Non-Executive Director of BW Offshore Ltd and Vice-Chairman of VKR Holdings A/S.  These companies represent an international Board portfolio in plcs as well as privately owned companies and cover a range of different ownership structures and governance models. He will join the Board of IMI plc in July 2018.

Background Information

Thomas Thune Andersen joined AP Moller-Maersk in 1977 and developed an international career with a wide ranging global experience.  He has held numerous senior positions throughout the Group including President and CEO of Maersk Inc, based in New Jersey USA, Managing Director for Maersk Company Ltd, based in UK and latterly as Partner and Member of the Executive Board, and Chief Executive Officer, Maersk Oil.

During his more than 30 years tenure with APM-Maersk he has worked globally with business sectors like Container-Shipping, Logistics, Port Operation and Development; Ship owning and Operation, Oil field Services including Drilling Rigs and traditional upstream E&P.

His experience both through his role as Chairman, Board member, consultant and not least though his long and wide spread career in the AP Moeller-Maersk Group has granted him an extensive global insight, experience from different societal and business cultures as well an extensive international network.

Mr Thune Andersen was head of the process when Lloyd’s Register Foundation, one of the largest UK charities with focus on scientific and technical research as well as support to scientific education, was established in 2013.

Mr Thune Andersen was previously Non-Executive Director of SSE plc, Scotland (2009-2014) and Chairman of DeepOcean Group Holding, the Netherlands (2011-2016), and he was Senior Independent Director of Petrofac from 2014-2017.

Other Notable Interests

He has been appointed a Freeman of the City of London.

Thomas Thune Andersen is based in London and Copenhagen.

David Tyler

Current Positions

David Tyler is currently the Chairman of J Sainsbury plc, Hammerson plc, and Domestic & General Ltd.

Background Information

David Tyler has had four employers in his executive career: Unilever, NatWest, Christie's and GUS.

He learned the basics with Unilever between 1974 and 1986 in a variety of financial, commercial, strategic and general management roles.  He also became a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants during this period.

He then spent three years with NatWest Investment Bank as Group Financial Controller and Director of Finance.  From 1989 to 1996, he was the Group Finance Director of Christie's International plc and was the Chief Executive of its American business for two years.

Thereafter, he was Group Finance Director of GUS plc from 1997 to 2006, where he took financial and strategic responsibility for the Group through its major transformation over these years.

Following the de-merger of GUS in 2006, Mr Tyler 'went plural' and has been active in a range of Non-Executive roles.

Today he Chairs J Sainsbury plc (since 2009), Hammerson plc (since 2013) and Domestic & General Ltd (since 2015).

Previously he was Chairman of Logica plc from 2007 until 2012 when the business was sold.  He was also Chairman of 3i Quoted Private Equity plc from its launch in 2007 until 2009.

In addition, Mr Tyler was a Non-Executive Director of Burberry Group plc from 2002 to 2015, of Experian plc from 2006 to 2012, and of Reckitt Benckiser Group plc from 2007 until 2009.

Other Notable Interests

David Tyler has been the Chairman of Hampstead Theatre Ltd since 2012.

He is a Visiting Fellow of Said Business School, Oxford University, and is a founding member of the 30 Percent Club.

David Tyler is based in London.

Pauline van der Meer Mohr

Pauline van der Meer Mohr is Non-Executive Director on the Board of HSBC Holdings plc and the Supervisory Boards of ASML Holding NV and KONINKLIJKE DSM NV.

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Pauline van der Meer Mohr

Current Positions

Pauline van der Meer Mohr is currently Non-Executive Director on the Board of HSBC Holdings plc where she is also a member of the Nominations Committee and also Chairs the Conduct & Values and Remunerations Committees.  She is also a Non-Executive Director on the Supervisory Boards of ASML Holding NV and Koninklijke DSM NV and Chairs the Supervisory Board of Ernst & Young Netherlands LLP.

Background Information

Pauline van der Meer Mohr started her career as an Attorney-at-law at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek.  She then spent several years in senior positions at Royal Dutch Shell Group, becoming their HR Director Information Technology in 2001, before leaving the company in 2004.

This was followed by her role as Group Human Resources Director at TNT NV and then senior leadership positions at ABN AMRO Holding NV where she was accountable for the full range of strategic and operational HR services across 4 continents.

Previously, Ms van der Meer Mohr was a member of the Board of Océ Technologies BV, Banking Code Monitoring Commission and the Government’s Economic Development Board Rotterdam (EDBR).

She has been President of the Erasmus University Rotterdam and a member of the Executive Board of ABM AMRO Bank.

Other Notable Interests

In January 2016 Ms van der Meer Mohr received the highest university distinction, the Ad Fontes Award, in recognition of her service.

Pauline van der Meer Mohr is based in Amsterdam.

 

Jeroen van der Veer

Jeroen van der Veer is the former CEO of Royal Dutch Shell. He is currently Chairman of the Supervisory Boards of ING and Koninklijke Philips NV.

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Jeroen van der Veer

Current Positions

Jeroen van der Veer is an Independent Chairman with Koninklijke Philips NV. He is also a member of the Supervisory Boards of Boskalis Westminster Groep and of Statoil in Norway.

Up until April 2018, Jeroen van der Veer was the Independent Chairman of ING Groep, where he was a member of their Supervisory Board, Chairman of the Nominations Committee and a member of the Risk, Remunerations and Corporate Governance Committees.

Background Information

Jeroen van der Veer has spent the main part of his career with Shell, commencing in 1971 and becoming Managing Director of Shell Nederland BV in 1992 and then President/CEO of Shell Chemicals Co in 1995.

In July 1997 he was appointed Group MD for Royal Dutch Shell Group and subsequently became CEO of Royal Dutch Shell NV/plc in 2004, a position he held until 2009.

During 2002 - 2009 he was also a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Unilever and then the Senior Independent and Vice Chairman until 2011.  Mr van der Veer was also a Supervisory Board member of the Dutch Central Bank from 2000 to 2004.

Other Notable Interests

Mr van der Veer is Chairman of The Concertgebouw Fund.

He has been a member of the Governing Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology since 2012, and since 2013 he has been the Chairman of the Supervisory Council of the Technical University of Delft.

In 2009 Mr van der Veer was given the Queen’s Award ‘Commander in the Order of Orange-Nassau’.

He is an Honorary Citizen of Singapore and Mr van der Veer holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Port Harcourt (Nigeria).

Mr van der Veer is based in The Hague.

 

Philippe Varin CBE

Philippe Varin is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Orano (Areva).  He was previously the CEO of PSA Peugeot Citroën and Corus.  He is Chairman of Le Cercle de l’Industrie.

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Philippe Varin CBE

Current Positions

Philippe Varin is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Orano (previously Areva) and a member of the Board of Directors of Saint-Gobain.

Background Information

Philippe Varin is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole des Mines de Paris.  He began his career in 1978 as a researcher for the Pechiney Group and later held various executive positions within the Group including Financial control, Strategy and Head of the Aluminium Dunkerque project.

He was appointed Director of the Rhenalu Division in 1995, then Managing Director of the Aluminium Sector and member of the Group’s Executive Committee in 1999.

Philippe Varin previously served as Chairman of the Managing Board of PSA Peugeot Citroën from 2009 to 2014.  

In 2003 Mr Varin joined the Anglo-Dutch steel group Corus as Chief Executive Officer, and in 2007 he was also appointed to the Board of Tata Steel.

Mr Varin is also currently the Chairman of ICC France and of France Industrie and the Vice-Chairmain of the “Conseil National de l’Industrie.”

Other Notable Interests

He is an Officer of the French Legion of Honour and Chevalier of the National Order of Merit.  He is also Commander of the British Empire.

Philippe Varin is based in Paris.

 

Peter Voser

Peter Voser became Chairman of ABB in May 2015.  He was previously CFO and subsequently CEO of Royal Dutch Shell.

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Peter Voser

Current Positions

Peter Voser is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of ABB Ltd, a global leader in power and automation technologies.  He is also an Independent Director of IBM Inc, Temasek Holdings Ltd and Roche Holding AG.

Background Information

Peter Voser graduated in business administration from the University of Applied Sciences, Zurich and then joined Royal Dutch Shell in 1982.  He went on to work in a number of finance and business roles within Shell in Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Argentina and Chile.

After moving back to London from Chile in early 1997, Mr Voser became the Group Chief Internal Auditor. In 1999 he was appointed CFO of Shell Europe Oil Products and became CFO of the Global Oil Products Business in early 2001 as well as a member of the Oil Products Executive Committee.

He went on to become Chief Financial Officer and an Executive Director on the Board, ultimately serving as Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell from 2009 until his retirement in December 2013.

Mr Voser was CFO and an Executive Committee Member of ABB, based in Switzerland, from March 2002 until September 2004.

From 2004 until April 2006, Mr Voser was a member of the Supervisory Board of Aegon NV.  He served on the Board of Directors of UBS AG from April 2005 to April 2010 and was a member of the Swiss Federal Auditor Oversight Authority from 2006 until December 2010.

Other Notable Interests

In April 2010  he joined the board of Catalyst, a non-profit organisation that works to build inclusive environments and expand opportunities for women in business.  From March 2013 until January 2018 he was Chairman of their Board of Directors.  From January 2018 he is a member of the Catalyst Board of Directors.

Mr Voser was elected to the Board of Trustees of Saint Gallen Foundation for International Studies in May 2013 and took over as Chairman in September 2013.

He is also active in a number of international and bilateral organisations.

In July 2011, His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei awarded Mr Voser the title of Dato Seri Laila Jasa in recognition of his services to the state of Brunei.

Mr Voser is based in Zurich.

 

Karel Vuursteen

Karel Vuursteen has been CEO of Heineken, Chairman of AkzoNobel, TomTom, Ahold, Randstad Group and Petroplus International.

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Karel Vuursteen

Current Positions

Karel Vuursteen is currently Chairman of Stichting Het Concertgebouw Fonds (Amsterdam Concert Hall) and Chairman of the Board of The Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam.

Background Information

Karel Vuursteen started his career with Philips and progressed through several marketing and management positions in the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Austria and Germany.

He subsequently became President and CEO of Philips Lighting in North America.

Mr Vuursteen joined Heineken as member of the Executive Board in 1991.  He was then promoted to CEO, a position he held for nine years.  Since 2002 Mr Vuursteen has been a member of the Management Board of Heineken Holding.

Heineken, under Mr Vuursteen's leadership, gained the widest global presence of all the international brewing groups, operating in over 170 countries and employing 50,000 people. It became the largest brewer in Europe and the second largest in the world.

Mr Vuursteen has been a Non-Executive Director at Whitbread, Electrolux, Head and Gucci Group.

He was Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Ahold, the world's then third largest supermarket group, Randstad Group, one of Europe's leading temporary staffing agencies, and Petroplus International.  He was on the Supervisory Board of ING Group until April 2010 and he was also Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Nijenrode University.

 Mr Vuursteen was the Chairman of AkzoNobel and TomTom until May 2014.  He also sat on the Supervisory Board of Heineken Holding NV until the same date.  He left the Board of Henkel AG in April 2013.

Other Notable Interests

In 2001 Mr Vuursteen was nominated 'Top Manager of the Year' in the Netherlands and has received several distinguished awards in the Netherlands and abroad. 

Karel Vuursteen is based in Amsterdam. 

 

Pauline van der Meer Mohr

Current Positions

Pauline van der Meer Mohr is currently Non-Executive Director on the Board of HSBC Holdings plc where she is also a member of the Nominations Committee and also Chairs the Conduct & Values and Remunerations Committees.  She is also a Non-Executive Director on the Supervisory Boards of ASML Holding NV and Koninklijke DSM NV and Chairs the Supervisory Board of Ernst & Young Netherlands LLP.

Background Information

Pauline van der Meer Mohr started her career as an Attorney-at-law at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek.  She then spent several years in senior positions at Royal Dutch Shell Group, becoming their HR Director Information Technology in 2001, before leaving the company in 2004.

This was followed by her role as Group Human Resources Director at TNT NV and then senior leadership positions at ABN AMRO Holding NV where she was accountable for the full range of strategic and operational HR services across 4 continents.

Previously, Ms van der Meer Mohr was a member of the Board of Océ Technologies BV, Banking Code Monitoring Commission and the Government’s Economic Development Board Rotterdam (EDBR).

She has been President of the Erasmus University Rotterdam and a member of the Executive Board of ABM AMRO Bank.

Other Notable Interests

In January 2016 Ms van der Meer Mohr received the highest university distinction, the Ad Fontes Award, in recognition of her service.

Pauline van der Meer Mohr is based in Amsterdam.

Jeroen van der Veer

Current Positions

Jeroen van der Veer is an Independent Chairman with Koninklijke Philips NV. He is also a member of the Supervisory Boards of Boskalis Westminster Groep and of Statoil in Norway.

Up until April 2018, Jeroen van der Veer was the Independent Chairman of ING Groep, where he was a member of their Supervisory Board, Chairman of the Nominations Committee and a member of the Risk, Remunerations and Corporate Governance Committees.

Background Information

Jeroen van der Veer has spent the main part of his career with Shell, commencing in 1971 and becoming Managing Director of Shell Nederland BV in 1992 and then President/CEO of Shell Chemicals Co in 1995.

In July 1997 he was appointed Group MD for Royal Dutch Shell Group and subsequently became CEO of Royal Dutch Shell NV/plc in 2004, a position he held until 2009.

During 2002 - 2009 he was also a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Unilever and then the Senior Independent and Vice Chairman until 2011.  Mr van der Veer was also a Supervisory Board member of the Dutch Central Bank from 2000 to 2004.

Other Notable Interests

Mr van der Veer is Chairman of The Concertgebouw Fund.

He has been a member of the Governing Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology since 2012, and since 2013 he has been the Chairman of the Supervisory Council of the Technical University of Delft.

In 2009 Mr van der Veer was given the Queen’s Award ‘Commander in the Order of Orange-Nassau’.

He is an Honorary Citizen of Singapore and Mr van der Veer holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Port Harcourt (Nigeria).

Mr van der Veer is based in The Hague.

Philippe Varin CBE

Current Positions

Philippe Varin is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Orano (previously Areva) and a member of the Board of Directors of Saint-Gobain.

Background Information

Philippe Varin is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole des Mines de Paris.  He began his career in 1978 as a researcher for the Pechiney Group and later held various executive positions within the Group including Financial control, Strategy and Head of the Aluminium Dunkerque project.

He was appointed Director of the Rhenalu Division in 1995, then Managing Director of the Aluminium Sector and member of the Group’s Executive Committee in 1999.

Philippe Varin previously served as Chairman of the Managing Board of PSA Peugeot Citroën from 2009 to 2014.  

In 2003 Mr Varin joined the Anglo-Dutch steel group Corus as Chief Executive Officer, and in 2007 he was also appointed to the Board of Tata Steel.

Mr Varin is also currently the Chairman of ICC France and of France Industrie and the Vice-Chairmain of the “Conseil National de l’Industrie.”

Other Notable Interests

He is an Officer of the French Legion of Honour and Chevalier of the National Order of Merit.  He is also Commander of the British Empire.

Philippe Varin is based in Paris.

Peter Voser

Current Positions

Peter Voser is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of ABB Ltd, a global leader in power and automation technologies.  He is also an Independent Director of IBM Inc, Temasek Holdings Ltd and Roche Holding AG.

Background Information

Peter Voser graduated in business administration from the University of Applied Sciences, Zurich and then joined Royal Dutch Shell in 1982.  He went on to work in a number of finance and business roles within Shell in Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Argentina and Chile.

After moving back to London from Chile in early 1997, Mr Voser became the Group Chief Internal Auditor. In 1999 he was appointed CFO of Shell Europe Oil Products and became CFO of the Global Oil Products Business in early 2001 as well as a member of the Oil Products Executive Committee.

He went on to become Chief Financial Officer and an Executive Director on the Board, ultimately serving as Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell from 2009 until his retirement in December 2013.

Mr Voser was CFO and an Executive Committee Member of ABB, based in Switzerland, from March 2002 until September 2004.

From 2004 until April 2006, Mr Voser was a member of the Supervisory Board of Aegon NV.  He served on the Board of Directors of UBS AG from April 2005 to April 2010 and was a member of the Swiss Federal Auditor Oversight Authority from 2006 until December 2010.

Other Notable Interests

In April 2010  he joined the board of Catalyst, a non-profit organisation that works to build inclusive environments and expand opportunities for women in business.  From March 2013 until January 2018 he was Chairman of their Board of Directors.  From January 2018 he is a member of the Catalyst Board of Directors.

Mr Voser was elected to the Board of Trustees of Saint Gallen Foundation for International Studies in May 2013 and took over as Chairman in September 2013.

He is also active in a number of international and bilateral organisations.

In July 2011, His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei awarded Mr Voser the title of Dato Seri Laila Jasa in recognition of his services to the state of Brunei.

Mr Voser is based in Zurich.

Karel Vuursteen

Current Positions

Karel Vuursteen is currently Chairman of Stichting Het Concertgebouw Fonds (Amsterdam Concert Hall) and Chairman of the Board of The Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam.

Background Information

Karel Vuursteen started his career with Philips and progressed through several marketing and management positions in the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Austria and Germany.

He subsequently became President and CEO of Philips Lighting in North America.

Mr Vuursteen joined Heineken as member of the Executive Board in 1991.  He was then promoted to CEO, a position he held for nine years.  Since 2002 Mr Vuursteen has been a member of the Management Board of Heineken Holding.

Heineken, under Mr Vuursteen's leadership, gained the widest global presence of all the international brewing groups, operating in over 170 countries and employing 50,000 people. It became the largest brewer in Europe and the second largest in the world.

Mr Vuursteen has been a Non-Executive Director at Whitbread, Electrolux, Head and Gucci Group.

He was Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Ahold, the world's then third largest supermarket group, Randstad Group, one of Europe's leading temporary staffing agencies, and Petroplus International.  He was on the Supervisory Board of ING Group until April 2010 and he was also Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Nijenrode University.

 Mr Vuursteen was the Chairman of AkzoNobel and TomTom until May 2014.  He also sat on the Supervisory Board of Heineken Holding NV until the same date.  He left the Board of Henkel AG in April 2013.

Other Notable Interests

In 2001 Mr Vuursteen was nominated 'Top Manager of the Year' in the Netherlands and has received several distinguished awards in the Netherlands and abroad. 

Karel Vuursteen is based in Amsterdam. 

Hans Wijers

Hans Wijers is Chairman of ING Groep. He is also Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Heineken NV, and Deputy Chairman of the Board of Royal Dutch Shell.  

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Hans Wijers

Current Positions

Hans Wijers is currently Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Heineken NV.  He is also Deputy Chairman of the Board of Royal Dutch Shell and since April 2018 is the new Chairman of the Supervisory Boards of ING Group.

Background Information

Hans Wijers started his professional life as an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, where he received his PhD in Economics.  He went on to serve as Minister for Economic Affairs in the Dutch government, a post he held for four years.

He was Senior Partner and Chairman of the Dutch office of the Boston Consulting Group until 2002.

Following this Hans Wijers became the CEO of AkzoNobel NV.   He was in this post for nine years.

Other Notable Interests

Hans Wijers is Chairman of the Board of the Concertgebouw NV  and Chairman of Natuurmonumenten.

He was awarded ‘CEO of the year’ for 2007. 

On June 12th 2013, Hans Wijers was appointed an Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent.

Hans WIjers is based in Amsterdam. 

 

Hans Wijers

Current Positions

Hans Wijers is currently Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Heineken NV.  He is also Deputy Chairman of the Board of Royal Dutch Shell and since April 2018 is the new Chairman of the Supervisory Boards of ING Group.

Background Information

Hans Wijers started his professional life as an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, where he received his PhD in Economics.  He went on to serve as Minister for Economic Affairs in the Dutch government, a post he held for four years.

He was Senior Partner and Chairman of the Dutch office of the Boston Consulting Group until 2002.

Following this Hans Wijers became the CEO of AkzoNobel NV.   He was in this post for nine years.

Other Notable Interests

Hans Wijers is Chairman of the Board of the Concertgebouw NV  and Chairman of Natuurmonumenten.

He was awarded ‘CEO of the year’ for 2007. 

On June 12th 2013, Hans Wijers was appointed an Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent.

Hans WIjers is based in Amsterdam. 

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