Annual Report and Accounts 2007/08
Board of Directors
Peter Jackson joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director with effect from 3 January 2006 and took on the role of Chairman on 24 May 2006. He retired as Chief Executive of international food and retail group Associated British Foods plc (ABF) in April 2005, after six years in that role. He joined the Board of ABF in 1992 following its acquisition of British Sugar plc. He is also Senior Independent Director of Smiths Group, the international engineering group. Age 61.
Group Chief Executive
Appointed Executive Director in June 2000 and Group Chief Executive in January 2008. He was previously Chief Executive, B&Q from June 2005. He was appointed Chief Executive International and Development in September 2002, Chief Executive of e-Kingfisher in May 2000 and was Group Director of Strategy & Development. Before joining Kingfisher he worked for a number of retail businesses including Sears plc where he was Group Commercial Director. He is also a non-executive director of Bradford & Bingley plc. Age 48.
Group Finance Director
Appointed Group Finance Director and a Director of the Company in February 2004. He was Finance Director of B&Q from January 2001. Previously he was Chief Financial Officer at Virgin Entertainment Group and has held various finance positions at Burton Group plc. He is also a non-executive director of Rentokil Initial plc. Age 43.
Deputy Chairman and Non-Executive Director
Appointed Non-Executive Deputy Chairman on 24 May 2006. He was Chairman and Chief Executive of Carrefour, the Paris-based retail group and world’s second largest retailer, from 1992 to 2005. Prior to Carrefour, he was Chief Operating Officer of METRO, Germany’s leading international retailer. He is President of Provestis, his own investment company and a non-executive director of Alcatel Lucent and Cap Gemini. He was previously non-executive director of Compagnie de St Gobain until June 2006. Age 62.
Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed to the Board in January 2002 and is the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director. He is Chairman of European real estate group, Hammerson plc, and Senior Adviser to Charterhouse Capital Partners LLP. He retired as Chairman of Credit Suisse First Boston (Europe) in 2002 and was formerly Vice Chairman of Lazard Brothers, non-executive director of BT Group plc and non-executive director of Woolwich plc. Age 60.
Appointed to the Board in October 2002. He is also Managing Director of British Gas, and has been on the Board of Centrica plc since 2000, which he joined as Group Finance Director. He previously spent five years at Diageo plc and 15 years in international finance roles at BP plc. Age 49.
Appointed to the Board in September 1997. He is a non-executive director of Catlin Group Ltd, Canada Life (U.K.) Ltd and Great West Life Assurance Company. His former roles include non-executive Chairman of Lane, Clark and Peacock, non-executive Chairman of TeleCity plc, Chairman and Chief Executive of Charterhouse plc, Group Managing Director of BT plc and non-executive director of Diageo plc and Lloyds Bank plc. Age 64.
Appointed to the Board in December 2006. She is a non-executive director of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc, Portmeirion Group PLC and VisitBritain, as well as being Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Forum for the Future. She was, until her retirement in March 2006, a director of BAA plc and Chairman of Heathrow Airport Ltd for five years as well as Chairman of Heathrow Express. Prior to that she was Managing Director of Gatwick Airport and held a number of operational roles within BAA during her 33 year career with the company. Age 57.
Appointed to the Board in November 2002 having been CEO of the retail clothing group, Peek & Cloppenburg, and subsequently of Groupe Redcats, the home shopping division of Pinault-Printemps-Redoute. He is also a non-executive director of GSE SAS, Toupargel Groupe S.A. and Alfesca Ltd. Age 61.
See Corporate Governance report for further details
- Audit Committee
- Remuneration Committee
- Nomination Committee