Leadership - Compass Group Board

Paul Walsh

Chairman

(Age 61)

Paul Walsh
Paul Walsh

Paul Walsh

Chairman

(Age 61)

Appointment Joined as non-executive director in January 2014. Appointed Chairman in February 2014.

Committee membership Corporate Responsibility and Nomination (Chairman).

Key skills and competencies Paul has significant experience in marketing, buying and retail operations as well as substantial corporate leadership experience.

Career 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. Paul is a past Chief Executive Officer of the Pillsbury Company and Chairman of Ontex Group N.V. Previously, he was a director of GrandMet, Non-executive director of Simpsons Malt Limited, Unilever PLC, Centrica plc and United Spirits Limited and a nominee director of Pace Holdings Corp., 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 Chime Communications Limited. Non-executive director of HSBC Holdings plc, FedEx Corporation and RM2 International S.A. Adviser to TPG Capital LLP (TPG) and a nominee director of the various companies as required by TPG.

Richard Cousins

Group Chief Executive

(Age 57)

Richard Cousins
Richard Cousins

Richard Cousins

Group Chief Executive

(Age 57)

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.

Key skills and competencies Richard brings invaluable UK and international corporate expertise to the Board. He has experience in operational research and strategic planning and has held a number of key management roles.

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, Reckitt Benckiser Group plc and Tesco PLC.

Current external appointments Member of the Advisory Board of Lancaster University Business School.

Dominic Blakemore

Group Chief Operating Officer, Europe

(Age 47)

Dominic Blakemore
Dominic Blakemore

Dominic Blakemore

Group Chief Operating Officer, Europe

(Age 47)

Appointment Joined the Board in February 2012 and was appointed as Group Finance Director in April 2012. Dominic was appointed Group Chief Operating Officer, Europe on 1 December 2015 and stepped down as Group Finance Director on the same day.

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

Key skills and competencies Dominic has extensive financial management experience in a number of international businesses together with general corporate management experience.

Career 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 LLP.

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

Gary Green

Group Chief Operating Officer, North America

(Age 59)

Gary Green
Gary Green

Gary Green

Group Chief Operating Officer, North America

(Age 59)

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.

Key skills and competencies Gary brings strong business and operational leadership as well as business development and wide ranging sales experience.

Career 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.

Johnny Thomson

Group Finance Director

(Age 44)

Johnny Thomson
Johnny Thomson

Johnny Thomson

Group Finance Director

(Age 44)

Appointment Joined the Board and appointed Group Finance Director on 1 December 2015.

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

Key skills and competencies Johnny brings extensive finance and accounting experience across a range of businesses as well as operational experience within the Group.

Career Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Johnny joined the Group in April 2009 as Finance Director for the Group’s Brazilian business. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer for the Brazilian business in October 2012 and, from 1 February 2014, became the Regional Managing Director for Latin America, comprising Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico. Prior to joining the Group, Johnny was Vice President Finance for the UK and Ireland Division of Hilton Hotels and served in a variety of audit and transactional services and international/client secondments at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. 

Current external appointments None.

Carol Arrowsmith

Non-Executive Director

(Age 62)

Carol Arrowsmith
Carol Arrowsmith

Carol Arrowsmith

Non-Executive Director

(Age 62)

Appointment Appointed to the Board in June 2014.

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

Key skills and competencies Carol brings extensive advisory experience, especially of advising boards on executive remuneration across a range of sectors.

Career Carol is a former partner of Deloitte LLP and was Vice Chairman of the UK business and former director of the Remuneration Consultants Group. Carol is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Current external appointments Adviser to Deloitte LLP, Member of the Advisory Group for Spencer Stuart, director and trustee of Northern Ballet Limited and a director of Arrowsmith Advisory Limited.

John Bason

Non-Executive Director

(Age 59)

John Bason
John Bason

John Bason

Non-Executive Director

(Age 59)

Appointment Appointed to the Board in June 2011.

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

Key skills and competencies John brings significant financial and international experience to the Board, gained from his long career with major global businesses.

Career 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.

Stefan Bomhard

Non-Executive Director

(Age 49)

Stefan Bomhard
Stefan Bomhard

Stefan Bomhard

Non-Executive Director

(Age 49)

Appointment  Appointed to the Board in May 2016.

Committee membership  Audit, Corporate Responsibility, Nomination and Remuneration.

Key skills and competencies Stefan brings extensive experience of working in international environments, particularly relating to the operation, sales and marketing of well-known consumer food and drink brands.

Career Stefan was previously Regional President, Europe, Geneva at Bacardi Martini for five years and held a number of worldwide senior positions at Cadbury Plc, Unilever PLC, Diageo plc, Burger King and Procter & Gamble.

Current external appointments Chief Executive Officer of Inchcape plc.

Don Robert

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

(Age 57)

Don Robert
Don Robert

Don Robert

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

(Age 57)

Appointment Appointed to the Board in May 2009. Appointed SID on 1 October 2015.

Committee membership Audit, Corporate Responsibility, Nomination and Remuneration.

Key skills and competencies Don has extensive international board and general management experience, especially in the financial sector.

Career Don was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of Experian plc, former Chairman of the Consumer Data Industry Association and Trustee of the Education and Employers Taskforce and previously held positions with First American Corporation, Credco, Inc. and US Bancorp.

Current external appointments Chairman of Experian plc, Achilles Holdco Limited and Validis Holdings Limited. Don is also a non-executive director of the Court of the Bank of England.

Nelson Silva

Non-Executive Director

(Age 61)

Nelson Silva
Nelson Silva

Nelson Silva

Non-Executive Director

(Age 61)

Appointment Appointed to the Board in July 2015

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

Key skills and competencies Nelson has considerable executive management experience in a variety of senior leadership roles within major international companies, with a particular focus on Brazil.

Career Nelson was formerly 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 previously held the position of Senior Vice President of BG Group plc responsible for Brazil, Bolivia and Uruguay. He is a former board member of the Brazilian Institute of Oil and Gas and of the Brazilian Association of Petroleum Companies and of the Social and Development Council of Brazil’s Presidency. Nelson was formerly a senior consultant to BHP Billiton Brazil.

Current external appointments Nelson is an executive director of Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. and is a Board Member of the Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra. 

Ireena Vittal

Non-Executive Director

(Age 48)

Ireena Vittal
Ireena Vittal

Ireena Vittal

Non-Executive Director

(Age 48)

Appointment Appointed to the Board in July 2015

Committee membership  Audit, Corporate Responsibility, Nomination and Remuneration.

Key skills and competencies Ireena brings strong advisory, business and operational experience across a variety of retail businesses with a particular focus on India.

Career Ireena was formerly a non-executive director of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare and Axis Bank Limited, Head of Marketing and Sales at Hutchinson Max Telecom and a former partner at McKinsey and Company.

Current external appointments Non-executive director of Cipla Limited, Zomato Media Private Limited, Godrej Consumer Products Limited, WIPRO Limited, The Indian Hotels Company Limited, Tata Global Beverages Limited, Tata Industries and Titan Company Limited.

Mark White

General Counsel and Company Secretary

(Age 56)

Mark White
Mark White

Mark White

General Counsel and Company Secretary

(Age 56)

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.

Key skills and competencies Mark has extensive legal and corporate secretariat experience gained in a number of major international businesses. Mark is also a Trustee of the Compass Group Pension Plan and the Compass Retirement Income Savings Plan.

Career 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.