The management expertise and experience of each of the Directors and the Company Secretary is set out below:
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Gerald was appointed Chairman of the Board in June 2007. He has been chairman of Britvic plc since November 2005. Gerald is also a non-executive director of Numis Corporation Plc and is chairman of the board of trustees of the Royal National Institute for the Deaf. Gerald was chairman of SSL International plc from 2005 to 2010, a non-executive director of Greencore Group plc from 2004 to 2010, chairman of Woolworths Group plc from 2001 to 2007, chief executive of Railtrack plc from 1997 to 2000 and group finance director of Grand Metropolitan plc from 1994 to 1997.
Simon co-founded the Group’s business in 1993 and since then has been involved in the management and development of the business including the launch of moneysupermarket.com in 1999 and travelsupermarket.com in 2004. Simon was appointed to the Board as Chief Executive Officer in April 2007 and became Deputy Chairman in February 2009.
Peter was appointed an Executive Director in January 2009 and became Chief Executive Officer of the Group in February 2009. Prior to joining the Group, Peter was the UK managing director of dunnhumby Limited between 2006 and 2008 and was previously general manager of Europe Disney Consumer Products, international director of Dyson Appliances Limited and held senior commercial roles at PepsiCo International. Peter has an MBA from IMD in Switzerland.
Paul joined the Group in 2004 as Chief Financial Officer. He previously had commercial finance experience with Motorola Limited, National Power plc and Morse plc. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant having trained and qualified at Price Waterhouse. Paul was appointed to the Board in April 2007.
Graham joined the Group in 2008 as Managing Director, Travel and was appointed an Executive Director in February 2009. He was appointed Managing Director, Financial Services in January 2011. Prior to joining the Group, Graham was new media director of TUI Travel plc between 2006 and 2008.
Michael was appointed a Non-Executive Director in July 2007. Michael has been a non-executive director of Howden Joinery Group plc since 2006 and Inchcape plc since 2004. He was formerly chairman of the British Retail Consortium between 2004 and 2006, chairman of House of Fraser plc between 2001 and 2006 and a non-executive director of A&D Pharma Holdings N.V. between 2006 and 2008. Michael was previously an executive director of Tesco plc between 1989 and 2000.
Rob was appointed a Non-Executive Director in September 2007. Rob has been a non-executive director of Capital Shopping Centres Group PLC since 2004 where he is the senior independent director and chairs its audit committee. Rob was appointed a non-executive director of Taylor Wimpey plc in January 2010. He was formerly deputy chairman of Cable & Wireless plc between 2003 and 2006 and a non-executive director of Prudential plc between 1999 and 2006 where he chaired its audit committee. Rob was previously at Reuters plc from 1978 to 2001 where he was a director between 1990 and 2001.
Bruce was appointed a Non-Executive Director in April 2010. Bruce is non-executive chairman of Conduit Capital Markets Limited and has been a non-executive director of Close Brothers Group plc since 2006 where he is the senior independent director and chairs its remuneration committee. Bruce was appointed a non-executive director of Catlin Group Limited in August 2010 where he is the senior independent director and chairs its remuneration committee. He was previously managing partner of 3i Quoted Private Equity and a member of the 3i Group plc’s executive committee, chief executive officer of Marsh Limited between 2003 and 2006 and prior to that was a managing director at JP Morgan.
Darren joined the Group as Company Secretary and General Counsel in May 2007. Darren has a corporate and commercial law background originally qualifying as a solicitor with Addleshaw Goddard LLP before working as a senior legal counsel at United Utilities Group PLC.
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