John Coombe has a background in international business, financial accounting and the pharmaceutical industry. He joined HSBC as a non-executive Director in 2005.
He was Chief Financial Officer of GlaxoSmithKline with responsibility for the group's financial operations globally, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
He is a non-executive Chairman of Hogg Robinson Group plc and Chairman of Home Retail Group plc.
Mr Coombe was previously Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of GlaxoSmithKline plc; non-executive director of GUS plc; a member of the Supervisory Board of Siemens AG; Chairman of The Hundred Group of Finance Directors; and a member of the Accounting Standards Board.
Independent non-executive Director, Chairman of the Group Risk Committee