As announced on 11 October 2018, Palmer Brown who serves as Chief Corporate Investment & Risk Officer, Compass Group North America became Interim Chief Financial Officer on 31 December 2018 and will serve in that position until Johnny Thomson’s successor, Karen Witts joins the Board on 8 April 2019.
Mr Brown is not a member of the Board of Compass Group PLC.
Committee membership: Executive Board and Disclosure Committee.
Key skills and competencies: Mr Brown is a seasoned finance professional, with extensive strategic and operational experience in Compass’ North American business with a particular focus on strategy and mergers and acquisitions. This is combined with a wealth of legal knowledge, having formerly served as General Counsel of the North American business.
Career: Palmer joined the Group in 2001 and has served in a number of roles. He was the former General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Corporate & Legal Affairs Compass North America and he moved into his current role in 2014 where he is also Head of Strategy.
Palmer received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina and his Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina School of Law. Palmer is also a qualified accountant.
Current external appointments: None.