Leadership - Compass Group Board

Paul Walsh

Chairman

(Age 60)

Paul Walsh
Paul Walsh

Paul Walsh

Chairman

(Age 60)

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

Committee membership Corporate Responsibility and Nomination (Chairman).

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, Centrica plc and United Spirits Limited. Paul is a 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 Chime Communications Limited. Non-executive director of HSBC Holdings plc, FedEx Corporation, RM2 International S.A. and Simpsons Malt Limited and a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group.

Richard Cousins

Group Chief Executive

(Age 56)

Richard Cousins
Richard Cousins

Richard Cousins

Group Chief Executive

(Age 56)

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 Senior independent non-executive director of Tesco PLC and a Member of the Advisory Board of Lancaster University Business School.

Dominic Blakemore

Group Chief Operating Officer, Europe

(Age 46)

Dominic Blakemore
Dominic Blakemore

Dominic Blakemore

Group Chief Operating Officer, Europe

(Age 46)

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



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 at 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 58)

Gary Green
Gary Green

Gary Green

Group Chief Operating Officer, North America

(Age 58)

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.

Johnny Thomson

Group Finance Director

(Age 43)

Johnny Thomson
Johnny Thomson

Johnny Thomson

Group Finance Director

(Age 43)

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

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

Skills and previous experience 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, transactional services and international/client secondments at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

 Current external appointments None.

Carol Arrowsmith

Non-Executive Director

(Age 61)

Carol Arrowsmith
Carol Arrowsmith

Carol Arrowsmith

Non-Executive Director

(Age 61)

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 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 Advisory Group for Spencer Stuart, and director and trustee of Northern Ballet Limited.

John Bason

Non-Executive Director

(Age 58)

John Bason
John Bason

John Bason

Non-Executive Director

(Age 58)

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.

Stefan Bomhard

Non-Executive Director

(Age 48)

Stefan Bomhard
Stefan Bomhard

Stefan Bomhard

Non-Executive Director

(Age 48)

Appointment  Appointed to the Board in May 2016.

Committee membership  Audit, Corporate Responsibility, Nomination and Remuneration.

Skills and previous experience  Stefan was previously Regional President, Europe, Geneva at Bacardi Martini for five5 years and held a number of worldwide senior positions at Cadbury plc, Unilever PLC, Diageo plc, Burger King and Procter & Gamble.  He has extensive experience of working in international environments particularly relating to the operation, sales and marketing of well-known consumer food and drink brands.

Current external appointments Chief Executive Officer of Inchcape plc.

Susan Murray

Non-Executive Director

(Age 58)

Susan Murray
Susan Murray

Susan Murray

Non-Executive Director

(Age 58)

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 & Ball, a former non-executive director of Pernod Ricard S.A., Imperial Tobacco PLC, Enterprise Inns Plc, 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 Director of Boparan Holdings Limited trading as 2 Sisters Food Group and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Don Robert

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

(Age 56)

Don Robert
Don Robert

Don Robert

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

(Age 56)

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

Committee membership Audit, Corporate Responsibility, Nomination and Remuneration.

Skills and previous experience Don was formerly the 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. Don is also a Trustee of the Education and Employers Taskforce and a non-executive director of the Court of the Bank of England.

Nelson Silva

Non-Executive Director

(Age 60)

Nelson Silva
Nelson Silva

Nelson Silva

Non-Executive Director

(Age 60)

Appointment Appointed to the Board in July 2015

Committee membership Audit, Corporate Responsibility, Nomination and Remuneration.

Skills and previous experience 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.

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

Ireena Vittal

Non-Executive Director

(Age 47)

Ireena Vittal
Ireena Vittal

Ireena Vittal

Non-Executive Director

(Age 47)

Appointment  Appointed to the Board in July 2015

Committee membership  Audit, Corporate Responsibility, Nomination and Remuneration.

Skills and previous experience 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 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 55)

Mark White
Mark White

Mark White

General Counsel and Company Secretary

(Age 55)

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 is a Trustee of the Compass Pension Plan and the Compass Retirement Income Savings Plan. 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.