Jun 192021
AIB Group announces Anik Chaumartin to its Board as Independent Director

– IRELAND, Dublin –  AIB Group plc and Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c. (LON: AIBG) today announced the appointment of Anik Chaumartin to its Board as an independent non-executive Director.

“We are delighted to announce Anik’s appointment and we look forward to her contribution to the Board. We expect her deep technical accountancy expertise in the area of financial services will be of immense benefit to the Audit Committee and her leadership experience will be highly valued by the Board.” said Deputy Chair, Brendan McDonagh.

She will join the AIB Board and the Board Audit Committee with effect from 1 July 2021.

Anik has over 37 years’ international and professional services experience. She has been a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers in Paris for 27 years and held various leadership positions in the firm for 15 of those years. During her time in PwC, she has acted in Global Client Relationship Partner and Lead Audit Partner roles for several major banking and financial services organizations. Anik currently serves as chair of the Banking Committee of the Compagnie Nationale des Commissaires aux Comptes (the French Statutory Auditors’ Institute) and is a non-executive director of ALD Automotive, a subsidiary of Société Générale.

For more information: https://group.aib.ie/

Jun 182021
Lloyds Banking Group announces Harmeen Mehta to its Board as upcoming Independent Director

– UK, London –  Lloyds Banking Group plc (LON: LLOY) today announced the appointment of Harmeen Mehta to its Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director with effect from 1 November 2021.

Harmeen will join the Information Technology and Cyber Advisory Forum which provides direct oversight of the Group’s IT-related operational risks and reports to the Board Risk Committee.

About Harmeen Mehta

Harmeen Mehta has 25 years’ experience leading digital, engineering, IT, and innovation transformation as well as incubating new businesses and creating new revenue streams in businesses. She has a wealth of international knowledge, having lived in 11 countries and worked across more than 30 countries throughout her career. In April 2021, Harmeen was appointed Chief Digital and Innovation Officer at BT. Before BT, she spent seven years as Group Chief Information Officer and Head of Cyber Security and Cloud Business at Bharti Airtel, leading its cloud and security businesses. Earlier in her career, Harmeen held CIO positions at BBVA, HSBC, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

For more information: https://www.lloydsbankinggroup.com/

Jun 172021
Baillie Gifford China Growth Trust announces Tim Clissold to its Board as upcoming Non-Executive Director

– UK, London –  Baillie Gifford China Growth Trust plc (LON: BGCG) today announced the appointment of Tim Clissold to its Board as a non-executive Director with effect from 1 October 2021.

“My fellow Directors and I are delighted to welcome Tim to the Board. Tim brings to the Board a wealth of experience relating to China having lived and done business there for many years.” said Board Chair, Susan Platts-Martin.

About Tim Clissold

Tim Clissold qualified as a Chartered Accountant and has worked in Australia, Hong Kong, and extensively in China, where he was co-founder of one of the first private equity groups in the country. He later ran Goldman Sachs China’s distressed investment business in Beijing. He co-founded another business to originate UN carbon offsets from GHG emission reduction projects in China. Tim is Chief Resolution Officer at Peony Advisors Limited, a company which helps foreign investors recover value after being disenfranchised by Chinese companies, and is a non-executive director of Henderson Far East Income Limited. He was a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of Braemar Energy Ventures, a New York venture capital fund focused on energy efficiency technologies. He is the author of Mr. China and Chinese Rules and speaks, reads, and writes Mandarin Chinese.

For more information: https://www.bailliegifford.com/en/uk/individual-investors/funds/baillie-gifford-china-growth-trust/

Jun 162021
Ninety One announces Khumo Shuenyane to its Board as Non-Executive Director

– UK, London –  Ninety One plc (LON: N91 | JSE: N91) today announced the selection of Khumo Shuenyane to join the Boards as Non-Executive Director effective 1 August 2021, succeeding Fani as the representative of Investec on the Board of Ninety One.

This announcement is concurrent with the decision of Fani Titi, non-executive director of Ninety One, to retire at the AGM on 4 August 2021.

The Board would like to take this opportunity to thank Fani for his contribution and commitment to the success of Ninety One.

About Khumo Shuenyane

Khumo is a qualified chartered accountant with a background in corporate finance and investment. Khumo has served as an independent non-executive director of Investec Limited and Investec plc since 2014. He also serves on the boards of several other companies within the Investec Group, including Investec Bank Limited, Investec Life Limited, and Investec Property Fund Limited. Additionally, Khumo is an independent non-executive director of Vodacom Group Limited.

For more information: https://ninetyone.com/

Jun 152021
Hipgnosis Songs Fund appoints Vania Schlogel to its Board as Independent Director

– UK, London – Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited (LON: SONG) today announced the appointment of Vania Schlogel, Founder and Managing Partner of Atwater Capital, to its Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company, with immediate effect.

“I am delighted that Vania has agreed to join the Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund. Vania has a terrific wealth of both Private and Public Market experience and intimate knowledge of the Music Business at the highest levels. That’s an almost unique combination.” said Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited.

He added: “The work of our Board led by Chair Andrew Sutch, and including Paul Burger, Sylvia Coleman, Simon Holden and Andrew Wilkinson has been an important part of our success. I am certain that Vania will complement this work perfectly and make very valuable contributions. We are all very pleased to welcome Vania to the Hipgnosis family.” 

About Vania Schlogel

Vania Schlogel  founded the global private equity firm Atwater Capital in 2017, with a vision of uniting the valuable creative aspects of evaluating investments and growing companies with deep operational and financial expertise. The firm invests across the media and entertainment sector with a focus on companies that foster cultural diversity, working with management teams committed to embracing strong ESG practices.

Prior to launching Atwater, Vania served as an executive at a number of leading companies, including as Chief Investment Officer of Roc Nation, the entertainment business founded by the artist Jay-Z. She was previously a member of KKR’s Private Equity team, where she specialised in the Media sector and launched the Growth Equity division. Vania began her career in the Leveraged Finance and Capital Markets groups at Goldman Sachs in London and LA.

Her other Board appointments include serving as the Chairwoman of the Board for Epidemic Sound, the platform for restriction-free music that recently raised $450m at a $1.4bn valuation from investment funds managed by Blackstone Growth and EQT Growth. Vania is also Chairwoman of the Board for LEONINE Studios, Germany’s leading content production and distribution company.

Vania Schlogel said: “Hipgnosis has done an incredible job in creating such an innovative and attractive proposition to investors while at the same time supporting some of music’s most important figures. I could not be happier to be joining the Board at this exciting stage in the company’s development.”

About Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited

Hipgnosis, which was founded by Merck Mercuriadis, is a Guernsey registered investment company established to offer investors a pure-play exposure to songs and associated musical intellectual property rights. The Company has raised a total of over £1.1 billion (gross equity capital) through its Initial Public Offering on 11 July 2018, and subsequent issues in April 2019, August 2019, October 2019, July 2020, September 2020 and February 2021. In September 2019, Hipgnosis transferred its entire issued share capital to the Premium listing segment of the Official List of the FCA and to the London Stock Exchange’s Premium segment of the Main Market, and in March 2020 became a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. Since April 2021, the Company has been resident in the UK for tax purposes and is recognised as an investment trust under applicable HMRC regulations.

For more information : https://www.hipgnosissongs.com/

Jun 142021
BMO Managed Portfolio Trust announces Simon Longfellow to its Board as Non-Executive Director

– UK, London –  BMO Managed Portfolio Trust PLC (LON: BMPG) today announced the appointment of Simon Longfellow to its Board as a non-executive director with effect from 14 July 2021.

“We are delighted to welcome Simon as a non-executive director of the Company and believe that his marketing experience and knowledge of the investment trust sector will add considerable value to the Board.” said Board Chairman, Colin McGill.

About Simon Longfellow

Simon Longfellow co-founded and is a director of Steps to Investing Limited which launched in 2020 and also runs marketing consultancy Neo Strategic Marketing. Until 2019 he was the Head of Investment Trust Marketing at Janus Henderson Investors, focused entirely on marketing investment trusts to retail investors.

Simon is currently a non-executive director of Electric and General Investment Fund and a director of Steps to Investing Limited and Neo Strategic Marketing Limited.

For more information: https://www.bmogam.com/managed-portfolio-trust

Jun 112021
Heathrow Airport announces Luke Bugeja to its Board as Non-Executive Director

– UK, London –  Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd today announced that Luke Bugeja will join its Board as a Non-Executive Director, to succeed Jorge Gil who is stepping down from the Board after nine years of service.

“We’re delighted to welcome Luke to the Heathrow Board. The breadth of his experience across the aviation industry will help Heathrow to overcome and rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic.” said CEO, John Holland-Kaye.

He added: “I’d like to also take the opportunity to extend a personal thanks to Jorge for his years of dedicated service to Heathrow. His expertise and valued counsel over the past decade have been critical in transforming Heathrow into one of the world’s leading airports, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

About Luke Bugeja

Luke Bugeja has over 30-years’ experience in the aviation industry. He previously held senior positions at Changi Airports International in Singapore, as well as Board positions at London City, Brussels, Copenhagen, and Bristol airports. He also spent 16 years working in the airline business at Qantas and Virgin Blue in Australia. His breadth of experience across the entire aviation value chain – including operations, commercial and financial, and investment – will be a welcome addition to the Heathrow Board and help the airport navigate the current COVID-19 crisis while remaining focused on providing excellent service and value for money to passengers.

For more information: https://www.heathrow.com/

Jun 102021
National Grid announces Ian Livingston to its Board as upcoming Non-Executive Director

– UK, Warwick –  National Grid PLC (LON: NG) today announced the appointment of Ian Livingston to its Board as a Non-executive Director with effect from 1 August 2021. Ian will also join the Remuneration Committee of National Grid plc.

“When one considers the tremendous changes in technology and infrastructure that took place in telecommunications, Ian brings an invaluable perspective to the challenges and opportunities of the journey to Net Zero. The Board is delighted that Ian has agreed to bring his intellect, leadership experience and financial acumen to National Grid.” said Board Chair, Paula Rosput Reynolds.

About Ian Livingston

Ian Livingston is a highly regarded UK business leader and former FTSE 30 Chief Executive who has operated across a breadth of sectors as well as serving in the UK Government as Minister of State for Trade and Investment.

An accountant by background, he became the youngest FTSE 100 CFO when appointed to the Dixons Group board in 1996. In 2002 he joined BT as CFO. He was subsequently promoted to run the core Retail Division responsible for BT’s Consumer and Business Customers, before becoming Group CEO in 2008. As CEO, he launched a major fiber investment program and drove a large increase in cash flow, profits, and share price. He left BT when he was asked by the Prime Minister in 2013 to join the UK Government as Minister of State for Trade & Investment, where he worked until 2015. He remains an active member of the House of Lords.

An experienced public company board director, he is currently Chair of Dixons Carphone, having previously held that role for the fund manager, Man Group. He is also a Non-executive Director of S&P Global, where he sits on the Compensation and Audit Committees. He has been a Non-executive Director of a variety of businesses including Celtic FC, Hilton Group, and more recently the luxury hotels business, Belmond.

For more information: https://www.nationalgrid.com/

Jun 092021
Dewhurst appoints Susan McErlain and Charles Holroyd to its Board as Non-Executive Directors

– UK, Feltham –  Dewhurst plc (LON: DWHT) today announced the appointment of Susan McErlain and Charles Holroyd to its Board as Non-Executive Directors from 8th June 2021, and they will join both the Audit and Remuneration Committees.

About Susan McErlain

Susan holds a BSc in Banking & International Finance from City University Business School and has over 30 years of experience in business and corporate communications. She co-founded financial PR company Square Mile Communications and ran the business until its sale in 2000. Susan then became Chair of Weber Shandwick’s financial services division until 2007, after which she continued to provide senior advisory services to several listed engineering companies. In 2014 she became Director of Corporate Affairs for Ultra Electronics Holdings plc until 2019, with responsibilities for investor and stakeholder communications, M&A, and government affairs.

Susan is currently a Non-Executive Director of AIM-listed Trackwise Designs plc, a manufacturer of specialist products using printed circuit technology, where she chairs the Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee.

About Charles Holroyd

Charles holds a BSc in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Bristol University and an MBA from INSEAD. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and has held senior management positions within several publicly quoted companies including Oxford Instruments plc, which he joined in 1999, and where he served on the board from 2005 until 2013 and was responsible for group business development including M&A activities.

Since June 2018 Charles has held the position of Senior Independent Director at Judges Scientific plc, an AIM-listed company specializing in the design and production of scientific instruments, where he is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. Charles is also Non-Executive Chairman of IBEX Innovations Ltd, a developer of innovative medical X-ray imaging software since October 2018.

For more information: https://www.dewhurst.plc.uk/


Jun 052021
Rio Tinto announces Ben Wyatt to its Board as upcoming Non-Executive Director

– UK, London –  Rio Tinto (ASX: RIO) today announced the appointment of  Ben Wyatt to its Board as a non-executive director, effective on 1 September 2021.

Mr. Wyatt brings extensive public policy, regulatory and international trade experience to the Board from his time as Treasurer and Aboriginal Affairs Minister in the Western Australian Government. Before entering the State Parliament in 2006, Mr. Wyatt was a barrister and solicitor.

“I am delighted to welcome Ben to the Rio Tinto Board. With family links to the Pilbara and an impressive track record in public life, Ben’s knowledge of public policy, finance, international trade and Indigenous affairs will significantly add to the depth of knowledge on the Board at a time when we are seeking to strengthen relationships with key stakeholders in Australia and around the world.” said Board chairman, Simon Thompson.

About Ben Wyatt

Ben Wyatt’s career commenced in law, initially as a barrister and solicitor with a major national Australian law firm before joining the WA Director of Public Prosecutions. During his 15-year political career in the Western Australian Parliament, he held the ministerial portfolios of Treasury, Finance, Energy, and Aboriginal Affairs. A graduate of the Royal Military College Duntroon, Mr. Wyatt has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia and a Masters of Science with Distinction from the London School of Economics. He is a non-executive director of Woodside Petroleum Ltd.

Mr. Wyatt said “I have deep respect for the resources sector in Australia and have long been impressed with the professionalism and commitment demonstrated by Rio Tinto. I was deeply saddened and disappointed by the events at Juukan Gorge but I am convinced that Rio Tinto is committed to changing its approach to cultural heritage issues and restoring its reputation, particularly in Australia and Western Australia. I am looking forward to working with the Board in building on the momentum for change generated by the new leadership team.”

About Rio Tinto

As pioneers in mining and metals, Rio Tinto produces materials essential to human progress. Iron ore for steel. Aluminum for cars and smartphones. Copper for wind turbines, electric cars, and the pipes that bring water to our home. Borates that help crops grow, titanium for paint – and diamonds that celebrate the best things in life.

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