Appointment: Appointed to the Board in March 2015 and Chair since September 2015.
Key strengths and experience: Anita has been on Plc boards in the chemical, resources, engineering, water and financial services industries for 20 years. Previously, Anita was chairman of Victrex plc until 2014, Senior Independent Director of Aberdeen Asset Management and IMI PLC and was Deputy Chair and Non-Executive Director of Lloyds Banking Group plc until May 2020. She has held executive director roles at Abbott Mead Vickers and WPP Group as well as various investment and marketing roles at Scottish Provident Institute and The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc. Anita brings extensive leadership and international experience, together with a broad knowledge of strategic management across a range of sectors including specialty chemicals to the Croda Board.
External appointments: Non-Executive Director of BHP Group PLC and BHP Group Limited.
Committee membership: Chair of the Nomination Committee.
Group Chief Executive
Appointment: Appointed to the Board in July 2010 and Group Chief Executive since the beginning of 2012.
Key strengths and experience: Steve joined Croda as a graduate trainee in 1990 and has held a number of senior management positions which enables him to bring a business, strategic and operational background to the Croda Board. In July 2010, Steve became the President of Croda Europe. Having spent several years leading many different Croda businesses, he has gathered extensive insight into the markets served, the importance of customer focus and the power of an innovative culture.
External appointments: Industry co-Chair of the Chemistry Council.
Committee membership: Chair of the Executive and Finance Committees, and a member of Group SHEQ Committee.
Appointment: Appointed to the Board in January 2020.
Key strengths and experience: John, a charted accountant, has over 30 years’ broad-based international finance background with Life Sciences businesses such as ICI, AstraZeneca and Syngenta. John was Non-Executive Director and Audit Chair of G4S plc up until April 2021. With him, he also brings skills and knowledge in emerging markets, gained through his 10 years living and working in Asia and his work in Latin America. John has a keen interest in building on Croda’s strong culture to deliver superior business performance. His extensive experience as an Audit Committee Chair complements and enhances the Board expertise we already have.
External appointments: John is a member of the Supervisory Board at Koninklijke DSM N.V. and a Non-Executive Director of RHI Magnesita N.V. He is Audit Committee Chair on both boards.
Committee membership: Chairman of the Audit Committee, member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees.
Non-Executive Director (Senior Independent Director)
Appointment: Appointed to the Board in February 2014 and Senior Independent Director since April 2020.
Key strengths and experience: Wealth of experience in consumer marketing and innovative product development. Helena worked for Unilever for 23 years and held senior positions in brand management, consumer marketing and strategy development. She also has a further 8 years’ experience as a strategic consultant for other multinational businesses. Helena’s academic roots in engineering, with a PhD from the University of Cambridge drive her passion and curiosity for both product and process innovation.
External appointments: Helena is a Non-Executive Director and Remuneration Committee Chair of Greggs Plc. She runs a consulting business working with a range of organisations, helping them to develop and implement strategies.
Committee membership: Chairman of Remuneration Committee, member of the Audit and Nomination Committees.
Appointment: Appointed to the Board in 2012 and Non-Executive Director since May 2017.
Key strengths and experience: Deep understanding of chemical innovation and broad operational and management experience. Keith joined Croda in 1984 and was appointed to the Board as Chief Technology Officer in February 2012. Until January 2016 he was responsible for the Technology Investment Group. Up until his retirement in April 2017 he was responsible for global R&D and was also President Life Sciences.
External appointments: Keith is an Honorary Professor of Chemistry and Industry at the University of Nottingham where he also serves as Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Board for chemistry. At the University of Sheffield he serves as a member of Council, a Representative of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Health and Safety Committee and Alumni Board. Keith is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and member of the Industry and Technology Division Council at the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Committee membership: Member of the Nomination Committee.
Appointment: Appointed to the Board in April 2018.
Key strengths and experience: Roberto has 10 years’ experience as Country and Group CEO in the Service and health Care Industries, and many years spent as a strategy practitioner in Europe and Asia. He brings knowledge of and passion for growth and operations to the Croda boardroom. Also, he can share lessons learned from large transformations and M&A. Roberto’s engineering background enables him to link Croda’s R&D and production competence with the evolving demands of its multifunctional markets. In April 2019 Roberto was appointed CEO of Swiss Post. Up until February 2018 he was Chief Executive Officer of Optegra International Limited, the international eye healthcare company. Before that he spent seven years at Sodexo, where he played a critical role in the company’s transformation and growth, working in a variety of roles, including in strategy and later as Group COO and as Country CEO of their French business. Prior to that Roberto worked as a consultant at Mckinsey & Company across many different areas and countries.
External appointments: CEO of Swiss Post, the national postal service of Switzerland.
Committee membership: Member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees.
Group Finance Director
Appointment: Appointed to the Board as Group Finance Director in January 2015.
Key strengths and experience: Jez has extensive experience in financial management, acquisitions and disposals, and a wealth of experience working in the speciality chemical sector. As a chartered management accountant his expertise in all aspects of finance management gained in speciality chemical, FMCG and other manufacturing environments, allows him to support the Board and Executive of Croda in managing the performance of the capital allocation and investment evaluation. Jez was Group Finance Director at National Express Group Plc from 2008 to 2014. Prior to that, he was Group Finance Director at Northern Foods Plc and he has been Chief Financial Officer at British Vita Plc as well as Group Finance Director at Hickson International Plc, both listed speciality chemical companies. Former Chairman of the Audit Committee and Senior Independent Director of Synthomer Plc and former Non-Executive Director and Audit and Risk Committee chairman of PZ Cussons Plc. Jez is a fellow of the CIMA.
Committee membership: Member of the Executive and Finance Committees and Chair of the Risk and IT Steering Committees and the Digital Advisory Group.
Appointment: Appointed to the Board in September 2018.
Key strengths and experience: Jacqui is an experienced CEO from the technology industry with general management and M&A experience in international and emerging markets. She has first-hand insight of transformational/disruptive digital, cyber security, technology and business process solutions. Jacqui is the former CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services UK, Ireland, Middle East Mediterranean and Africa, a business serving large corporate and mid-sized companies with transformational digital, technology and business process solutions. She was also Chief of Staff at Hewlett Packard working with the Chairman and CEO focused on a new company strategy and turnaround and she has chaired the public services strategy board for CBI. Prior to Hewlett Packard Jacqui worked for Electronic Data Systems, acquired by HP in 2008, and KPMG.
External appointments: Jacqui is currently a non-executive director of Wood Plc and a non-executive director of Tesco Bank. Jacqui is a Trustee of Engineering UK, member of the Scottish First Ministers Advisory Board for Women and Girls and member of the Advisory Board of Engie UK.
Committee membership: Member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees.
Group General Counsel and Company Secretary
Appointment: Appointed as Secretary to the Board in December 2012.
Key strengths and experience: Tom is an experienced corporate lawyer, having worked at City law firm Hogan Lovells and FTSE 100 company Ferguson. His expertise in public and private acquisitions supports Croda’s inorganic growth plans and his professional background and breadth of experience in insurance, risk and compliance enable him to Chair the Ethics Committee. Tom provides corporate governance knowhow to the Board and Croda. Prior to joining Croda, Tom spent seven years at Wolseley Plc in a number of legal and governance roles, including as Deputy General Counsel and Company Secretary.
Committee membership: Secretary to the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees, Chairman of the Ethics Committee, member of the Executive, and Risk Committees.
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