London Stock Exchange Group Board

London Stock Exchange Group Board

Don Robert
Chairman of the Company and the Nomination Committee

Appointed to the Board on 1 January 2019 and as Chair with effect from 1 May 2019.

Key areas of experience: Data and analytics, technology, international business, financial services, mergers and acquisitions.

Don brings to the Board a strong track record in the global financial services sector and a deep understanding of technology, data and analytics as well as regulatory knowledge gained from his Bank of England role.

Relevant past experience: Don joined Experian plc in 2001. Prior to his appointment as Chairman in 2014, a position he held until July 2019, he was Group Chief Executive Officer from 2006 to 2014 having previously held various other senior roles including Chief Executive Officer of Experian North America.

Previous senior roles include: Chairman of Achilles Group Limited, President of Credco, Inc., former Chairman of the US Consumer Data Industry Association, Director and Trustee of the National Education and Employer Partnership Taskforce, Non-Executive Director First Advantage Corp, Senior Independent Director at Compass Group plc and and a Non-Executive Director of the Court of Directors, Bank of England.

Other current appointments: Chairman of Validis Holdings Limited and Chair of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Council. Don is a Partner at the start up PE firm, Corten Capital. Don is also a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University and Honorary Group Captain, Royal Air Force.

Committee membership:

  • Nomination (Chair)
  • Remuneration
David Schwimmer
Chief Executive Officer, London Stock Exchange Group

Appointed to the Board in August 2018.

Key areas of experience: Market structure, corporate finance, capital markets, mergers & acquisitions, emerging markets.

David brings significant knowledge of market structure and investment banking to the Board.

Relevant past experience: Prior to joining the Group in August 2018, he spent twenty years at Goldman Sachs where he held a number of senior roles, most recently as Global Head of Market Structure and Global Head of Metals & Mining. During his tenure, he also served as Chief of Staff to Lloyd Blankfein, who was then President and COO of Goldman Sachs, and also spent three years in Russia as Co-Head of Russia/CIS.

Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, he practiced law at Davis Polk & Wardwell. He holds a B.A. from Yale University, and post graduate degrees in law (JD) and international affairs (MALD) from Harvard University and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, respectively.

Other current appointments: Non–Executive Director at the Center for New American Security (not-for-profit).

Committee membership: 

  • Group Executive Committee
Anna Manz
Chief Financial Officer

Appointed to the Board and as Group CFO in November 2020.

Key areas of experience: Accounting, corporate finance, investor relations, risk, mergers and acquisitions, strategy, treasury management.

Anna brings significant consumer, financial and strategic experience to the Board.

Relevant past experience: Anna was appointed Group CFO in November 2020. Prior to this, Anna was Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of Johnson Matthey plc from 2016 to 2020, leading its Finance, Procurement and IT functions. Prior to joining Johnson Matthey plc, Anna spent 17 years at Diageo plc in a number of senior finance roles, including most recently as Chief Strategy Officer and member of the Executive Committee, and previously Finance Director of Spirits North America, Group Treasurer and Finance Director Asia Pacific.

Other current appointments: Non-Executive Director, ITV plc.

Committee membership:

  • Group Executive Committee
Jacques Aigrain
Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee

Appointed to the Board in May 2013.

Key areas of experience: Client management, corporate finance, corporate governance, post trade and clearing, investment management, mergers and acquisitions, strategy.

Jacques brings significant expertise and knowledge of global post trade and clearing and investment management to the Board. He also holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Paris (Sorbonne).

Relevant past experience: Jacques was Chairman of LCH Group Holdings Limited from 2010 to 2015. He has also been a Non-Executive Director of Resolution Ltd, a Supervisory Board member of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, a Non-Executive Director of the Qatar Financial Centre Authority and a Non-Executive Director of Swiss International Airlines AG (a subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa AG). Jacques was also Chief Executive Officer of Swiss Re from 2006 to 2009 and a Senior Advisor at Warburg Pincus LLC from 2014 to 2020.

Prior to 2001 (when he joined Swiss Re), Jacques spent 20 years with J.P. Morgan Chase, working in the New York, London and Paris offices.

Other current appointments: Jacques is currently Chairman of LyondellBasell Industries NV, Chairman of Singular Bank S.A.U. and a Non-Executive Director of WPP plc.

Committee membership:

  • Audit
  • Remuneration (Chair)
  • Nomination
Dominic Blakemore
Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee

Appointed to the Board in January 2020.

Key areas of experience: Accounting, corporate finance, investor relations, mergers and acquisitions, strategy and treasury management.

Dominic is currently Group Chief Executive Officer of Compass Group PLC, a role he assumed in January 2018.  Dominic’s previous roles at the Compass Group included: Group Finance Director from 2012 to 2015 and Group Chief Operating Officer, Europe from 2015 to 2017, before becoming Deputy Chief Executive Officer in October 2017.

Dominic brings extensive financial management experience to the Board gained from a number of senior finance roles in international businesses together with general operational management experience. Dominic is a chartered accountant.

Relevant past experience:  Dominic was formerly a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee of Shire plc from 2014 to 2018 and Chief Financial Officer of Iglo Foods Group Limited from 2010 to 2011. Before joining Iglo, Dominic was European Finance & Strategy Director at Cadbury plc from 2008 to 2010 having previous held senior finance roles at that company. Prior to his role at Cadbury plc, Dominic was a Director at Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP.

Other current appointments: Dominic is also a member of the Council of University College London.

Committee membership:

  • Audit (Chair)
  • Nomination
  • Risk
Martin Brand
Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board on 29 January 2021.

Key areas of experience: Mergers & acquisitions, technology, media, telecoms, corporate finance, strategy, chair.

Martin is a Senior Managing Director and serves as co-head of U.S. Acquisitions for Blackstone’s Private Equity Group. Martin leads Blackstone’s private equity investments in technology, media, telecom, and financial institutions. He also serves as a member of the investment committee of Blackstone’s Tactical Opportunities funds. Mr. Brand was involved in Blackstone’s investments in Refinitiv, MagicLab, Promontory Interfinancial Network, Paysafe, Vungle, Ultimate Software, JDA, Optiv, Kronos, Ipreo, Knight Capital Group, Lendmark, Exeter Finance, Viva, NCR, First Eagle Investment Management, BankUnited, PBF Energy, Performance Food Group, Travelport, New Skies, Cine UK, NHP, Kabel BW, Kabelnetz NRW, Primacom, and Sulo.

Relevant past experience: Before joining Blackstone, Martin worked as a derivatives trader with Goldman Sachs in New York and Tokyo, and with McKinsey & Company in London. He was previously a director of Refinitiv until 2021.

Martin received a BA/MA in Mathematics and Computation, First Class Honours, from Oxford University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Other current appointments: Martin is Chairman of Tradeweb Markets and a Director of, UKG, Exeter Finance, IntraFI, and First Eagle. He is a Trustee of the American Academy Berlin and a Director of the Park Avenue Armory.

Committee membership:

  • Nomination
Erin Brown
Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board on 29 January 2021.

Key areas of experience: Accounting, corporate finance, investor relations, mergers and acquisitions and treasury management.

Relevant past experience: Erin has served in a number of senior executive roles at Thomson Reuters and is currently Head of Finance for the Thomson Reuters Corporates segment. Erin joined Thomson Reuters in 2011 and previously served as Treasurer, Vice President of Knowledge Solutions—Tax & Accounting, Vice President, Finance, and Vice President and Assistant Treasurer.

In 2018, Erin led Thomson Reuters’ sale of a 55% interest in its former Financial & Risk business (now Refinitiv) to certain investment funds affiliated with Blackstone. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Erin held a number of finance roles at General Motors from 2003 to 2011. Erin has been a director of Refinitiv Holdings Limited since September 2019.

Other current appointments: None

Committee membership:

  • Nomination
Professor Kathleen DeRose
Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Risk Committee

Appointed to the Board in December 2018.

Key areas of experience: FinTech, financial markets, asset management.

Having spent 30 years working in global finance and asset management, Kathleen brings significant FinTech and global financial market expertise to the Board.

Relevant past experience: Kathleen previously held a number of senior roles at Credit Suisse Group AG from 2010 to 2015 including: Managing Director (Head of Business Strategy and Solutions, Investment Strategy and Research). Prior to that she was Managing Director (Head of Global Investment Process, Asset Management).

Other roles Kathleen has undertaken have included: Managing Partner, Head of Portfolio Management and Research at Hagin Investment Management  (2006 to 2010) and Managing Director, Head of Large Cap Equities at Bessemer Trust (2003 to 2006). Prior to 2003, Kathleen also held a number of roles at Deutsche Bank (1991 to 2003), where she became a Managing Director of the bank, and at JPMorgan Chase (formerly Chase Manhattan Bank) from 1983 to 1991.

In addition to her senior executive positions, Kathleen served as a board member of EDGE (Economic Dividends for Gender Equality) from 2014 to 2015 and she was founding Chair of Evolute Group AG from 2016 to 2017.

Kathleen is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a B.A. from Princeton University, an M.B.A. from the NYU Stern, Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Paris (HEC) and the London School of Economics combined (TRIUM) programme and an M.Sc from the University of Oxford.

Other current appointments: Kathleen is a Non-Executive Director of Evolute Group AG, Voya Financial, Inc.and a Clinical Associate Professor of Finance at the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business where she leads the FinTech curriculum and is the Fubon FinTech Director.

Committee membership:

  • Risk (Chair)
  • Audit
  • Nomination

Tsega Gebreyes
Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board on 1 June 2021.

Key areas of experience: Financial services, international business, mergers and acquisitions, mobile commerce, technology.

Tsega is currently Founding Partner at Satya Capital Limited, an independent investment group focused on providing long-term growth capital. She brings deep financial services and commercial experience to the Board gained from global senior executive and non-executive roles.

Relevant past experience: Tsega spent seven years at Celtel International (re-branded Zain Group), a leading mobile telecommunications provider in the Middle East and North Africa. During her tenure at Celtel, Tsega held a variety of senior roles including Senior Group Adviser, Zain Africa BV (2007 to 2016), Chief Strategy and Development Officer (2005 to 2007), Chief Business Development and Mergers & Acquisitions Officer (2003 to 2005) and Director, Mobile Commerce and New Product Development (2000 to 2003). From 1996 to 2000, Tsega was Founding Partner at New Africa Opportunity Fund LLP.

In addition to her senior executive positions, Tsega has served as a Non-Executive Director of Celtel International BV (1998 to 2000), Hygeia Nigeria Limited (2009 to 2015), ISON Group (2013 to 2018) and Sonae SA (2015 to 2019). She was also a Trustee of the global charity, Save the Children, from 2009 to 2010.

Tsega has a BA from Rhodes College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Other Current appointments: Tsega is currently Vice Chair and Chair of the Finance Committee of SES SA.

Committee membership:

  • Nomination
  • Remuneration
  • Risk
Cressida Hogg CBE
Senior Independent Director

Appointed to the Board in March 2019.

Key areas of experience: Chair, corporate governance, infrastructure and private equity, mergers and acquisitions, pensions.

Cressida brings significant board experience to the Group combined with a strong corporate background in infrastructure and private equity. 

Cressida currently chairs the Board of Directors of Landsec Group plc, having first joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director in 2014.

Relevant past experience: Cressida spent nearly 20 years at 3i Group plc and was one of the co-founders of 3i’s infrastructure business in 2005, becoming Managing Partner in 2009. During this time, Cressida advised on all of 3i’s infrastructure transactions.

She was also Global Head of Infrastructure at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board between 2014 and 2018. 

In addition to her senior executive positions, Cressida served as a Non-Executive Director of Associated British Ports Holdings Limited (2015 – 2018) and as a Non-Executive Director of Anglian Water Limited (2017-2018).

Cressida has a BA from the University of Oxford and an MBA from the London Business School.

Committee membership:

  • Nomination
  • Remuneration

Dr. Val Rahmani
Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board in December 2017.

Key areas of experience: Technology, technical risk management, innovation corporate governance, strategy.

Val brings significant expertise and knowledge of technology and technical risk management to the Board gained from almost 30 years with IBM and 4 years as CEO of a cyber security start up.

Val has wide-ranging experience as a senior executive in the technology sector fulfilling the role of general manager, board member, start up mentor, management consultant and public speaker. Val holds a DPhil in Chemistry from the University of Oxford.

Relevant past experience: Val is a former Non-Executive Director of Aberdeen Asset Management plc and Teradici Corporation. Val previously ran the Innovation Panel for Standard Life Aberdeen.

Other current appointments: Val currently serves as a Non-Executive Director and member of the Audit Committee at RenaissanceRe Holdings Limited. She is also a Non-Executive Director of Computer Task Group Inc, where she chairs the Compensation Committee and serves as a member of the Audit and Governance Committees. Val is also a Non-Executive Director and member of the Compensation Committee of the private company Entrust Datacard and a Non-Executive Director of the early stage company, Rungway.

Committee membership:

  • Nomination
  • Risk
  • Remuneration
Douglas M. Steenland
Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board on 29 January 2021.

Key areas of experience: Mergers & acquisitions, international business, financial services and insurance, corporate law and finance, strategy, chair, travel and airlines.

Relevant past experience: Douglas has been a Senior Adviser to Blackstone Private Equity Group since 2009.

Douglas is the former Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Airlines Corporation, serving from 2004 to 2008, and President, serving from 2001 to 2004. Prior to that, he served in a number of executive positions from 1991 including: Executive Vice President, Chief Corporate Officer and Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Douglas retired from Northwest Airlines upon its merger with Delta Airlines, Inc.

Prior to that, he was a senior partner at Washington, D.C. law firm Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand (now part of DLA Piper) and also worked in the Office of the General Counsel of the US Department of Transportation.

Douglas was Chairman of the Air Transport Association from January 2008 to December 2009, after serving as a Director from 2005 to 2008, and previously a Director of International Lease Finance Group, Travelport LLC and Performance Food Group Company.

Other current appointments: Douglas is currently Non-Executive Chairman of American International Group, Inc. He is also a Director of Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. and American Airlines Group, Inc.

Committee membership:

  • Nomination
Ashok Vaswani
Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board on 1 June 2021.

Key areas of experience: Corporate and retail banking, financial services, international business, mergers and acquisitions, technology, risk management, wealth management.

Ashok is currently Chief Executive Officer, Global Consumer Banking & Payments at Barclays plc. He brings deep financial services and commercial experience to the Board gained from global senior executive roles.

Relevant past experience: Ashok has spent the last eleven years in a variety of Chief Executive Officer roles within the Barclays Group, including, Barclays UK (2016 to 2019), Personal and Corporate Banking (2014 to 2016), Retail and Business Banking (2012 to 2014), UK Retail and Business Banking (2011 to 2012), Africa (2010 to 2011) and Barclaycard Europe (2010).

Prior to joining Barclays, Ashok was a Partner at Brysam Global Partners LLC (2007 to 2009), a private equity firm specialising in consumer financial services in emerging markets. From 1987 to 2007, Ashok held a number of senior roles within Citigroup Inc. including Chief Executive Officer of the Asia Pacific Consumer Bank in Singapore (2004 to 2007) and Chief Administrative and Chief Financial Officer at CitiCards (2001 to 2004).

Ashok has a BComm from the Sydenham College of Economics and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in India.

Other Current appointments: Ashok is a member of the Trustee Board at Citizens Advice and also serves as a board member of Pratham UK and The Clearing House, US.

Committee membership:

  • Audit
  • Nomination
  • Risk