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; chairman of the BBC Trust; 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; chairman, chief executive officer and a director of the Financial Times Group Limited; and a non-executive member of the board of the UK Government’s Cabinet Office.
Independent non-executive Director
Deputy Chairman, senior independent non-executive Director, Chairman of the Group Remuneration Committee and the Nomination Committee, member of the Financial System Vulnerabilities Committee