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Rona Fairhead

Rona Fairhead, CBE

Independent non-executive Director, member of the Financial System Vulnerabilities Committee and Nomination Committee

Rona Fairhead joined the Board in December 2004. She has a background in international industry, publishing, finance and general management.

She was formerly Chairman and CEO of the Financial Times Group Limited responsible for the strategy, management and operations of a global media and information business and Finance Director of Pearson plc with responsibility for overseeing the day-to-day running of the finance function and directly responsible for global financial reporting and control, tax and treasury. Ms Fairhead has a Master's degree in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.

She is currently the chairman of HSBC North America Holdings Inc; a non-executive member of the board of the UK Government’s Cabinet Office; non-executive director of The Economist Newspaper Limited; and by invitation from the Prime Minister a British Business Ambassador. She is also a non-executive director of PepsiCo Inc.

Formerly, Ms Fairhead was executive vice president, Strategy and Group Control of Imperial Chemical Industries plc; chief financial officer and a director of Pearson plc; chairman and a director of Interactive Data Corporation; and chairman, chief executive officer and a director of the Financial Times Group Limited.

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