Leadership - Compass Group Board

Paul Walsh

Chairman

(Age 59)

Paul Walsh
Paul Walsh

Paul Walsh

Chairman

(Age 59)

Appointment Joined as Non-Executive Director in January 2014. Appointed Chairman in February 2014.

Committee membership Corporate Responsibility and Nomination.



Skills and previous experience Former Chief Executive, Diageo plc, from September 2000 to June 2013 and now an adviser to the Chairman and Chief Executive, having originally joined the Board in 1997. Formerly Chief Executive Officer of the Pillsbury Company, Chairman of Ontex Group N.V. and a director of GrandMet. Former non-executive director of Unilever PLC, United Spirits Limited and Centrica plc. Member of the Business Advisory Group for Britain. Business Ambassador on the UK Government’s Business Ambassador network and a Member of the Council of the Scotch Whisky Association.



Current external appointments Chairman of Avanti Communications Group plc and non-executive director of FedEx Corporation, RM2 International S.A. and Simpsons Malt Limited.

Richard Cousins

Group Chief Executive

(Age 55)

Richard Cousins
Richard Cousins

Richard Cousins

Group Chief Executive

(Age 55)

Appointment Joined the Board in May 2006 and was appointed Group Chief Executive in June 2006.

Committee membership Corporate Responsibility, Executive Board, General Business and Nomination.

Skills and previous experience Richard spent six years as Chief Executive Officer of BPB plc, having previously held a number of positions with that company. His earlier career was with Cadbury Schweppes plc and BTR plc. He is also a former non-executive director of P & O plc, HBOS plc and Reckitt Benckiser Group plc.

Current external appointments Non-executive director of Tesco PLC and a Member of the Advisory Board of Lancaster University Business School.

Dominic Blakemore

Group Finance Director

(Age 46)

Dominic Blakemore
Dominic Blakemore

Dominic Blakemore

Group Finance Director

(Age 46)

Appointment Joined the Board in February 2012 and was appointed as Group Finance Director in April 2012.







Committee membership Corporate Responsibility, Disclosure, Executive and General Business.







Skills and previous experience Former Chief Financial Officer of Iglo Foods Group Limited, which Dominic joined from Cadbury Plc, where he was European Finance & Strategy Director, having previously held senior finance roles as Corporate Finance Director and Group Financial Controller. Prior to joining Cadbury Plc, Dominic was a Director of PricewaterhouseCoopers.







Current external appointments Non-Executive Director of Shire plc and a Member of the Academic Council of University College London.

Gary Green

Chief Operating Officer, North America

(Age 57)

Gary Green
Gary Green

Gary Green

Chief Operating Officer, North America

(Age 57)

 Appointment Appointed to the Board in April 2007. Gary became Group Chief Operating Officer, North America in April 2012.

Committee membership Executive Board and General Business.

Skills and previous experience Gary is a Chartered Accountant and in 2001 received an honorary doctorate from Johnson & Wales University in the USA. Gary joined the Group in 1986 in a senior finance role in the UK and became a UK Director in 1992. He relocated to the USA in 1994 as Chief Finance Officer of the Group's North American business and in 1999 became Chief Executive Officer.

Current external appointments None.

Andrew Martin

Group Chief Operating Officer, Europe & Japan

(Age 54)

Andrew Martin
Andrew Martin

Andrew Martin

Group Chief Operating Officer, Europe & Japan

(Age 54)

 Appointment Appointed as Group Finance Director in March 2004 and became Group Chief Operating Officer, Europe & Japan in April 2012.

Committee membership Executive Board and General Business.

Skills and previous experience Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. Andrew was formerly Finance Director of First Choice Holidays PLC. He also previously held senior financial positions with Forte Plc and Granada Group PLC and was a partner with Arthur Andersen.

Current external appointments Non-Executive Director of easyJet plc.

Carol Arrowsmith

Non-Executive Director

(Age 60)

Carol Arrowsmith
Carol Arrowsmith

Carol Arrowsmith

Non-Executive Director

(Age 60)

Appointment Appointed to the Board in June 2014.

Committee membership Remuneration (Chairman), Audit, Corporate Responsibility and Nomination.

Skills and previous experience Carol is a former partner in Deloitte LLP and was Vice Chairman of the UK business. She was also a Director of the Remuneration Consultants Group.

Current external appointments Adviser to Deloitte LLP, Member of Advisory Group for Spencer Stuart, Director and Trustee of Northern Ballet Limited.

John Bason

Non-Executive Director

(Age 57)

John Bason
John Bason

John Bason

Non-Executive Director

(Age 57)

Appointment Appointed to the Board in June 2011.

Committee membership Audit (Chairman), Corporate Responsibility, Nomination and Remuneration.

Skills and previous experience Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. John was previously Finance Director of Bunzl plc.

Current external appointments Finance Director of Associated British Foods plc, Trustee of Voluntary Service Overseas and Chairman of the charity FareShare.

Susan Murray

Non-Executive Director

(Age 57)

Susan Murray
Susan Murray

Susan Murray

Non-Executive Director

(Age 57)

 Appointment Appointed to the Board in October 2007.

Committee membership Corporate Responsibility (Chairman), Audit, Nomination and Remuneration.

Skills and previous experience Susan is a former Chairman of Farrow and Ball and a former Non-Executive Director of Pernod Ricard S.A., Imperial Tobacco PLC, Aberdeen Asset Management PLC, Enterprise Inns Plc, SSL International PLC and Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC, and former Chief Executive of Littlewoods Stores Limited. She is also former Worldwide President and Chief Executive of The Pierre Smirnoff Company, part of Diageo plc, and a former Council Member of the Advertising Standards Authority.

Current external appointments Director of Boparan Holdings Limited trading as 2 Sisters Food Group and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Don Robert

Non-Executive Director

(Age 55)

Don Robert
Don Robert

Don Robert

Non-Executive Director

(Age 55)

 Appointment Appointed to the Board in May 2009.

Committee membership Audit, Corporate Responsibility, Nomination and Remuneration.

Skills and previous experience Don was formerly Chief Executive Officer of Experian plc and Chairman of the Consumer Data Industry Association, and previously held positions with First American Corporation, Credco, Inc. and US Bancorp.

Current external appointments Chairman of Experian plc and Achilles Holdco Limited. He is also a Trustee of the Education and Employers Taskforce and a non-executive director of the Court of the Bank of England.

Sir Ian Robinson

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

(Age 72)

Sir Ian Robinson
Sir Ian Robinson

Sir Ian Robinson

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

(Age 72)

 Appointment Appointed to the Board in December 2006.

Committee membership Remuneration (Chairman), Audit, Corporate Responsibility and Nomination.

Skills and previous experience Sir Ian is a former Chairman of Ladbrokes plc, Hilton Group plc and Amey plc, and a former Chief Executive of Scottish Power plc. He is a former Non-Executive Director of ASDA plc, RMC plc, Scottish & Newcastle plc and Siements Holdings plc.

Current external appointments Member of the Takeover Panel and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers.

Nelson Luiz Costa Silva

Non-Executive Director

(Age 59)

Nelson Luiz Costa Silva
Nelson Luiz Costa Silva

Nelson Luiz Costa Silva

Non-Executive Director

(Age 59)

Appointment  Appointed to the Board in July 2015

Committee membership  Audit, Corporate Responsibility, Nomination and Remuneration.

Skills and previous experience  Nelson joined BG Group in 2009, where he is currently Senior Vice President responsible for Brazil, Bolivia and Uruguay. Previously he was President of the Aluminium business unit at BHP Billiton, based in the UK. Prior to joining BHP Billiton, he held a number of senior positions at Vale, including Sales and Marketing Director based in Belgium, Japan and Brazil. Nelson was also Managing Director of Embraer for Europe and Africa based in France and Chief Executive Officer of All Logistica in Argentina. Nelson is a Brazilian national and will bring to the Board 40 years of international experience in mining, logistics, aluminium and oil and gas industries. 

Current external appointments  Nelson is currently Senior Vice President of BG Group plc responsible for Brazil, Bolivia and Uruguay, he is a Board Member of Brazilian Institute of Oil and Gas and of the Brazilian Association of Petroleum Companies.  Nelson is also a Member of the Social and Development Council of Brazil’s Presidency.

Ireena Vittal

Non-Executive Director

(Age 46)

Ireena Vittal
Ireena Vittal

Ireena Vittal

Non-Executive Director

(Age 46)

Appointment  Appointed to the Board in July 2015

Committee membership  Audit, Corporate Responsibility, Nomination and Remuneration.

Skills and previous Ireena joined Nestlé in India after completing her MBA in 1990 and was the head of marketing and sales at Hutchinson Max Telecom before joining Mckinsey & Company, where she was a partner. After retiring from McKinsey & Company in 2012 Ireena joined the board of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (from which she stepped down in 2014). Ireena is an Indian national and will bring to the Board a wealth of experience including that of working in India which is an important fast growing and emerging market for Compass.

 

Current external appointments Ireena is currently a Non-executive director of Titan Company, Tata Industries, Tata Global Beverages, the Indian Hotels Company, WIPRO, Godrej Consumer Products, Axis Bank and Zomato.

Mark White

General Counsel and Company Secretary

(Age 54)

Mark White
Mark White

Mark White

General Counsel and Company Secretary

(Age 54)

Appointment Joined the Group as General Counsel and Company Secretary in June 2007.

Committee membership Corporate Responsibility and Executive Board. Secretary to Audit, General Business, Nomination and Remuneration. Mark is also a Trustee of the Compass Pension Plan and the Compass Retirement Income Savings Plan.

Skills and previous experience Mark is a Solicitor. He was previously Group Company Secretary and General Counsel of Wolseley plc and Company Secretary of Enterprise Oil plc and Rotork plc.

Current external appointments Member of the Upper Tribunal, Tax and Chancery Chamber.