Appointment: Joined the Board and Executive Committee in February 2012. Previously held the roles of Group CFO, Group COO, Europe and Deputy Group CEO. Assumed the role of Group CEO in January 2018.
Key skills and competencies: Dominic has extensive financial management experience in a number of international businesses, together with general operational management experience. He is a chartered accountant.
Previous experience: Dominic is a former non-executive director of Shire plc, CFO of Iglo Foods Group Limited, and European Finance & Strategy Director at Cadbury Plc having previously held senior finance roles at that company. Before that, Dominic was a director at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
Group General Counsel and Company Secretary
Appointment: Joined the Group in August 2018. Appointed Group General Counsel and Company Secretary in October 2018.
Key skills and competencies: Alison has more than 25 years’ international experience in FTSE and NYSE listed companies across the services, industrial and engineering sectors. She has significant experience in strategic M&A, crisis and change management. Alison is a solicitor and holds an LLB (Hons) from Bristol University.
Previous experience: Alison is the former Chief General Counsel and Company Secretary of Amec Foster Wheeler plc, Company Secretary and General Legal Counsel of Hays plc and Company Secretary and Group Legal Adviser of Charter plc. Prior to joining Charter, Alison held a number of senior legal roles at Johnson Matthey plc and was a corporate and commercial lawyer at Turner Kenneth Brown.
Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Appointment: Joined the Board and Executive Committee in December 2023. Previously held the role of Regional Finance Director Europe and the Middle East.
Key skills and competencies: Petros has extensive financial, operational and portfolio transformation experience in large multinational businesses. He holds a BSc in Physics from Ioannina University and a PhD in Chemistry from Reading University.
Previous experience: Prior to joining Compass, Petros worked in fast-moving consumer goods businesses including Procter & Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser and Coty in Europe and North America in senior finance, operational and strategic roles.
Group Chief People Officer
Appointment: Appointed to the Executive Committee in September 2021, having joined the Group in 2019.
Key Skills and competencies: Deborah is highly experienced in strategic leadership, stakeholder engagement and people management in multinational environments. She is a chemistry graduate from Imperial College, London, holds a post-graduate qualification in Personnel Management, an HR MBA and is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Previous experience: Deborah started her career at BT as a graduate in 1997, where she spent almost 20 years in various senior leadership roles across HR and learning and development. In 2016, she joined a luxury Italian online fashion retailer as Chief People Officer before joining Compass in 2019 as Group Engagement Director. Deborah possesses a wealth of global experience, having studied and worked in the US, Europe and the UK.
Group Chief Operating Officer (COO), North America
Appointment: Appointed to the Board in October 2021. Previously held the role of Group CFO. Assumed the role of Group COO, North America in December 2023.
Key skills and competencies: During his tenure, Palmer has held a variety of senior finance, strategy and legal positions and played a central role as a member of the Executive team in North America. He also coordinated many of the acquisitions and disposals for the Group. Palmer has degrees in business and law and is a certified public accountant.
Previous experience: Palmer is the former Group CFO and a former Group Commercial Director and Chief Strategy Officer, Compass Group North America. Prior to that, he served as General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Corporate & Legal Affairs for the Group’s US business.
Group Chief Commercial Officer
Nationality: Austria / South Africa
Appointment: Appointed to the Executive Committee in January 2022, having joined the Group in 2017.
Key skills and competencies: Shelley has extensive strategic, operational and commercial management experience, including M&A, gained in leadership positions with Australian and FTSE listed organisations in highly complex operating environments. She is a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW), Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Business Science and Finance (Hons) from the University of Cape Town.
Previous experience: Prior to joining Compass, Shelley was the Chief Operating Officer at Sydney Airport, Managing Director of Tiger Airways and also worked in investment banking at Macquarie Bank as a Division Director in Australia. Shelley qualified as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG in London, subsequently joining easyJet Plc, where she held various senior finance and strategy roles in the UK.
Managing Director, UK & Ireland
Appointment: Appointed to the Executive Committee in November 2015, having joined the Group in 2008. Appointed Managing Director of the Group's UK & Ireland business in November 2019.
Key skills and competencies: Robin holds a bachelor’s degree in History. He is a respected innovator with significant experience in people management and business operations.
Previous experience: Robin has held a variety of roles at Compass. Previously, Robin was Managing Director of Chartwells, UK and Group Chief People Officer. Prior to joining Compass, Robin’s career included senior HR roles at Scottish and Newcastle Breweries, Diageo plc and Woolworth’s (part of Kingfisher PLC).
Regional Managing Director, Europe & the Middle East
Appointment: Appointed to the Executive Committee in February 2022, having joined the Group in 2012.
Key skills and competencies: Kathinka has extensive commercial and operational experience and significant experience in change management. Kathinka holds a BI Executive in Board Management from Oslo Norwegian Business School, and a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from Oslo University.
Previous experience: Kathinka has led the Group’s Nordic business since 2017 and was instrumental in successfully integrating Fazer Food Services into the Group following its acquisition. She joined Compass in 2012 as Operations Director for Norway, later serving as MD of Norway from 2016 to 2020. Prior to joining Compass, Kathinka’s career included a number of senior roles, including Operations Manager at a Nordic facilities management company.
Regional Managing Director, Latin America
Nationality: USA / Ireland
Appointment: Joined the Group and Executive Committee in November 2017.
Key skills and competencies: James is highly experienced in business development and leadership and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in economics from Notre Dame University, an MBA from Harvard and completed INSEAD’s advanced management programme.
Previous experience: James has spent over 30 years in Latin America as an entrepreneur, executive and non-executive Board Member and in several service-based organisations in the region, including Founder and President of Contax SA, COO at Oi SA and Board and Audit Committee member at Gol Linhas Aereas.
Gaétan de L'Hermite
Regional Managing Director, Asia Pacific
Appointment: Appointed to the Executive Committee in October 2022, having joined the Group in 2002.
Key skills and competencies: Gaétan has 20 years’ international experience working at Compass where he has held a number of Managing Director roles in Africa, Central Asia, Ireland and more recently in France. During his time with the Group, Gaétan has acquired strong business development and operational leadership acumen and brings significant experience in market innovation and change management.
Previous experience: Gaétan started his career in audit with accounting firm Mazars before moving to management consulting at Deloitte where he specialised in large scale outsourcing projects. Gaétan holds an MSc in Management from Emlyon Business School.