Leadership - Compass Group Board

Leadership - Compass Group Board
Paul Walsh Richard Cousins Dominic Blakemore Gary Green Andrew Martin John Bason Susan Murray Don Robert Ian Robinson Mark White

  • Paul Walsh

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    Paul Walsh

    Chairman (Age 57)

    Appointment Appointed to the Board in January 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 Advisor to the Chairman and Chief Executive, having originally joined the Board in 1997. Formerly Chief Executive Officer of the Pillsbury Company and a Director of GrandMet and Diageo plc. Former Non-Executive Director of Centrica plc.

    Business Ambassador for the food and drink industries of the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Council Member, and former Chairman, of the Scotch Whisky Association.

    Current external appointments Chairman of Avanti Communications Group plc and Non-Executive Director of Unilever PLC, FedEx Corporation and United Spirits Limited.

  • Richard Cousins

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    Richard Cousins

    Group Chief Executive (Age 54)

    Appointment Appointed Group Chief Executive in 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 Member of the Advisory Board of Lancaster University Business School.

  • Andrew Martin

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    Andrew Martin

    Group Chief Operating Officer, Europe & Japan (Age 52)

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

    Committee membership Executive 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.

  • Gary Green

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    Gary Green

    Group Chief Operating Officer, North America (Age 55)

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

    Committee membership Executive 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.

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    Dominic Blakemore

    Group Finance Director (Age 43)

    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.

  • John-Bason

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    John Bason

    Non-Executive Director (Age 55)

    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. John was previously Finance Director of Bunzl plc.

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

  • Susan Murray

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    Susan Murray

    Non-Executive Director (Age 55)

    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 Non-Executive Director of Aberdeen Asset Management 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 Non-Executive Chairman of Farrow & Ball and a Non-Executive Director of Pernod Ricard S.A., Enterprise Inns Plc and Imperial Tobacco PLC. Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

  • Don-Robert

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    Don Robert

    Non-Executive Director (Age 53)

    Appointment Appointed to the Board in May 2009.

    Committee membership Audit, Corporate Responsibility, Nomination and Remuneration.

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

    Current external appointments Chief Executive Officer of Experian plc. He is also a Trustee of the Education and Employers Taskforce.

  • Ian-robinson

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    Sir Ian Robinson

    Senior Independent Non-Executive Director (Age 70)

    Appointment Appointed to the Board in December 2006.

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

    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 Siemens Holdings plc.

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

  • Mark White

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    Mark White

    General Counsel and Company Secretary (Age 52)

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

    Committee membership Corporate Responsibility. Secretary to Audit, Executive, 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 None.