LSEG Board of Directors

Don Robert

Chair of the Company and the Nomination Committee

Don Robert

Appointed to the Board in January 2019 and Chair of the Company in May 2019.

Skills, knowledge and contribution

  • Strong track record in global financial services, international business and mergers and acquisitions
  • Expert regulatory knowledge, accompanied with a deep understanding of technology and data & analytics
  • Significant executive and non-executive listed board experience

Experience
Don spent 18 years at multinational information company Experian plc, where he most recently served as Chairman (2014-2019). Prior to that he was Group Chief Executive (2005-2014) and CEO of the North American business (2001-2005). Don has served in a variety of senior roles including Chair of the US Consumer Data Industry Association, Senior Independent Director of Compass Group plc and Non-Executive Director of the Court of Directors, Bank of England.

Other current appointments
Chair, Keywords Studios plc; Chair of Council, The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Partner, Corten Capital; Chair, Ekco (a portfolio company of Corten Capital); Non-Executive Director, Validis Holdings Limited; Non-Executive Director, FlexCharge; Visiting Fellow, Oxford University; Honorary Group Captain, Royal Air Force.

Committee membership

  • Nomination (Chair) 
  • Remuneration

David Schwimmer

Group Chief Executive Officer

David Schwimmer

Appointed to the Board in August 2018.

Skills, knowledge and contribution

  • A wealth of knowledge surrounding market structure, investment banking and emerging markets
  • Extensive experience in corporate finance, capital markets, and mergers and acquisitions
  • Deep understanding of the business and the markets within which the Group operates

Experience
Prior to joining the Group in August 2018, David spent 20 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 spent three years in Russia as Co-Head of Russia/CIS. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, he practised law at Davis Polk & Wardwell.

Other current appointments
Non-Executive Director, Centre for New American Security (Not-for-Profit).

Michel-Alain Proch

Group Chief Financial Officer

Michel Alain Proch

Appointed to the Board in March 2024.

Skills, knowledge and contribution

  • Significant financial leadership experience in global listed companies
  • Deep experience across global, financial infrastructure and IT data solutions firms
  • Extensive experience of mergers and acquisitions and delivering strategic growth

Experience
Prior to joining the Group on 26 February 2024, Michel-Alain was Group Chief Financial Officer of Publicis Groupe SA (2021-2024) where he led the global finance team across 100 countries. Prior to joining Publicis Groupe, Michel-Alain was CFO of Ingenico until its acquisition by Worldline (2019-2020), and then served as adviser to the CEO in the integration of the two companies. He previously spent almost 13 years at Atos in a number of senior roles, including Group Chief Financial Officer, CEO, North America and Group Chief Digital Officer, completing and integrating several strategic acquisitions.

Other current appointments
Vice Chairman, Maisons du Monde; Non-Executive Director, Pluxee N.V.

Dominic Blakemore

Independent Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee

Dominic Blakemore

Appointed to the Board in January 2020. 

Skills, knowledge and contribution

  • Extensive experience in corporate finance, investor relations, and capital markets
  • Significant financial leadership experience from various international financial institutions
  • Strong strategic planning and decision-making experience

Experience
Dominic is a chartered accountant and has been Group Chief Executive Officer of Compass Group plc since 2018. Previously, he served as Group Finance Director (2012-2015), Group Chief Operating Officer, Europe (2015-2017) and Deputy Chief Executive Officer in 2017. Dominic was formerly a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee of Shire plc (2014-2018). He previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Iglo Foods Group Limited (2010-2011). Before joining Iglo, Dominic was European Finance & Strategy Director at Cadbury plc (2008 -2010).

Other current appointments
Group Chief Executive Officer, Compass Group plc; Vice-Chair, University College London; Non-Executive Director, FareShare.

Committee membership

  • Audit (Chair) 
  • Nomination 
  • Risk

Martin Brand

Non-Executive Director

Martin Brand

Appointed to the Board in January 2021. 

Skills, knowledge and contribution

  • Significant board and executive experience across listed companies
  • Highly accomplished in corporate finance, with a focus on the financial technology sector
  • Extensive experience in strategic planning, data & analytics and mergers & acquisitions

Experience
Martin’s work at Blackstone Inc. has seen him involved in several of their high-profile investments including; Sphera, Ellucian, Refinitiv, Bumble, IntraFi and Paysafe. He is a member of several of Blackstone’s investment committees. He previously worked as a derivatives trader with Goldman Sachs in New York and Tokyo, and with McKinsey & Company in London. He was a Director of Refinitiv until 2021 and was Chair of Tradeweb Markets (a subsidiary of LSEG) until February 2022.

Other current appointments
Head of North America Private Equity, and Global Co-Head of Technology Investing, Blackstone Inc.; Director, UKG Software; Director Liftoff Mobile; Director, First Eagle; Trustee, American Academy Berlin.

Committee membership

  • Nomination

Professor Kathleen DeRose

Independent Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Risk Committee

Professor Kathleen DeRose

Appointed to the Board in December 2018. 

Skills, knowledge and contribution

  • Executive leadership experience in capital markets and asset and wealth management
  • Significant non-executive listed board experience
  • Expertise in the financial technology market, risk management and data & analytics.

Experience
Kathleen held a number of senior roles at Credit Suisse Group AG (2010-2015). Other positions Kathleen has undertaken have included Managing Partner, and Head of Portfolio Management and Research at Hagin Investment Management (2006-2010), and Managing Director, Head of Large Cap Equities at Bessemer Trust (2003-2006). Prior to 2003, Kathleen also held a number of roles at Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan Chase (formerly Chase Manhattan Bank). In addition to her senior executive positions, Kathleen served as a board member of EDGE (Economic Dividends for Gender Equality) (2014-2015), and she was founding Chair of Evolute Group AG (2016-2017).

Other current appointments
Non-Executive Director, Experian plc; Non-Executive Director, Voya Financial Inc.; Non-Executive Director, Enfusion Inc.; Clinical Associate Professor of Finance, New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business; Director, Fubon Centre for Technology, Business, and Innovation.

Committee membership

  • Risk (Chair) 
  • Audit 
  • Nomination

Tsega Gebreyes

Independent Non-Executive Director

Tsega Gebreyes

Appointed to the Board in June 2021.  

Skills, knowledge and contribution

  • Deep financial services and capital markets experience gained from various global senior executive and non-executive roles
  • Significant expertise in international business and technology
  • Strong background in strategy and business development.

Experience
Tsega spent seven years at Celtel International, 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 (2007-2016), Chief Strategy and Development Officer (2005-2007), Chief Business Development and Mergers & Acquisitions Officer (2003-2005) and Director, Mobile Commerce and New Product Development (2000-2003). In addition to her senior executive positions, Tsega has served as Vice Chair of SES SA, and Non-Executive Director of Hygeia Nigeria Limited (2009-2015), ISON Group (2013-2018) and Sonae SA (2015-2019).

Other current appointments
Founding Director, Satya Capital Limited; Non-Executive Director, Airtel Africa plc; Advisory Council Member, Mo Ibrahim Foundation; Non-Executive Director, Mastercard Foundation.

Committee membership

  • Audit 
  • Nomination
  • Risk

Scott Guthrie

Non-Executive Director

Cressida Hogg CBE

Appointed to the Board in February 2023.  

Skills, knowledge and contribution

  • Market-leading experience in cloud infrastructure and data & analytics
  • A deep and valuable understanding of the technology market
  • Specialist in digital transformation.

Experience
Scott has 25 years’ experience leading large technology teams at Microsoft, and has been Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Cloud and AI division since 2014. He is responsible for Microsoft’s Cloud Platform, Data and AI solutions, Operating Systems, Business Applications, Development Tools, and Industry Solutions. The products and services his team delivers include Microsoft Azure, Dynamics 365, Power BI, SQL Server, Nuance, GitHub, Visual Studio and the core Windows operating system. Scott was previously Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Azure (2011-2014), Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Developer Division (2008-2011), General Manager Microsoft Developer Division (2005-2008).

Other current appointments
Executive Vice President, Microsoft Cloud and AI Group.

Committee membership

  • Nomination

Cressida Hogg CBE

Senior Independent Director

Cressida Hogg CBE

Appointed to the Board in March 2019.

Skills, knowledge and contribution

  • Significant board and executive level experience combined with a strong corporate background in infrastructure, private equity and capital markets 
  • Strong Chair experience and competency in embedding corporate governance values
  • Specialist knowledge in mergers and acquisitions, financial services regulation and pensions.

Experience
Cressida spent nearly 20 years with 3i Group plc and was one of the co-founders of 3i’s infrastructure business in 2005, before 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 (2014-2018). In addition to her senior executive positions, Cressida served as a Non-Executive Director of Associated British Ports Holdings Limited and a Non-Executive Director of Anglian Water Group.

Other current appointments
Chair, BAE Systems plc; Non-Executive Director, Troy Asset Management Ltd.

Committee membership

  • Remuneration 
  • Nomination

Dr. Val Rahmani

Independent Non-Executive Director

Dr. Val Rahmani

Appointed to the Board in December 2017.

Skills, knowledge and contribution

  • Significant expertise and knowledge of technology and technical risk management
  • Deep understanding of digital transformation, innovation, sales and marketing
  • Extensive listed director experience accompanied by expert corporate governance knowledge.

Experience
Val worked for IBM for almost 30 years, and was Chief Executive Officer of cyber security start-up, Damballa Inc., for four years. Her past career also included Non-Executive Director positions at Aberdeen Asset Management plc, Teradici Corporation and CTG, Inc. Val previously ran the Innovation Panel for Standard Life Aberdeen and holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Chemistry from the University of Oxford..

Other current appointments
Non-Executive Director, RenaissanceRe Holdings Limited; Non-Executive Director of Entrust.

Committee membership

  • Nomination
  • Remuneration
  • Risk

William Vereker

Independent Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee

William Vereker

Appointed to the Board in October 2022. 

Skills, knowledge and contribution

  • Highly experienced banker, including experience in executive roles 
  • Significant knowledge and experience of capital markets, post trade and investment banking
  • Deep knowledge of financial services and regulatory and government relations.

Experience
William began his career at Morgan Stanley and held a variety of investment banking roles with a focus on the energy and utility sectors, which culminated with him being MD & Head of European Utilities (2001-2005). He also held a number of senior executive roles in the investment banking sector with Lehman Brothers (2005-2008), Nomura (2009-2013), and UBS (2013-2018). William’s time at UBS saw him serve as Global Head of Investment Banking from 2016 to 2018. William served as the Prime Minister’s Business Envoy (2018- 2020), before becoming Vice Chair of the EMEA Investment Bank at JP Morgan.

Other current appointments
Chairman, Santander UK; Member, UK Investment Council; Member, Advisory Board, Celonis GmbH; Chair, Advisory Board of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.

Committee membership

  • Nomination
  • Remuneration (Chair) 
  • Risk