18 December 2015
Man Group plc is pleased to announce that following Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) approval, Lord Livingston of Parkhead has been appointed as a non-executive director of Man Group, effective 1 January 2016. Lord Livingston will, subject to his reappointment as a director at the Company’s 2016 Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) in May 2016, succeed Jon Aisbitt as Chairman following the AGM.
Lord Livingston joins Man Group with almost two decades of board level FTSE 100 experience. He has been a serving member of the UK House of Lords since 2013 and was previously Minister of State for Trade and Investment for the UK Government from December 2013 to May 2015. Lord Livingston also has an outstanding track record in the corporate world, most recently as Group Chief Executive Officer of BT Group Plc (“BT”) from 2008 to 2013.
Lord Livingston joined BT in 2002 as Group Chief Financial Officer, and went on to hold a number of other senior executive roles during his eleven years with the business. He was Chief Executive Officer of BT Retail, the consumer and business division, from 2005 to 2008. Prior to joining BT, he was CFO of Dixons Group plc, one of Europe’s leading consumer electronics retailers and has also worked for 3i plc, Bank of America and Arthur Andersen.
Phillip Colebatch, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Man Group, said:
“The Man Group Board is absolutely delighted to welcome Ian to Man Group. He brings with him invaluable experience of navigating regulatory environments around the world and successfully growing a complex international business. He has an outstanding track record of innovative leadership during a time of profound change for BT that will be invaluable to the Man Group Board and executive team. We are confident we have found a fitting and experienced successor to Jon Aisbitt, who has done a tremendous job for the firm, supporting the management team as they have delivered their plan to diversify and reposition the business. As we welcome Lord Livingston to a firm well-placed for the future, we thank Jon for his exceptional service and dedication over the past 12 years.”
Lord Livingston, incoming Chairman of Man Group, said:
“I am delighted to be joining the Board of Man Group. Man Group is an innovative global company with a great management team and high calibre board. I am really looking forward to working with Manny Roman and his team.”
Emmanuel Roman, CEO of Man Group, said:
“I am very pleased that Ian will be joining the Board of Man Group, and would like to welcome him to the firm. Man Group will benefit enormously from his significant experience and insights as we execute our strategy and continue to diversify and grow the business.”
Lord Livingston is currently Deputy Chairman of the Board of mobile and electricals FTSE 100 company Dixons Carphone plc, where he is also Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Nominations Committee. He is also a non-executive director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Celtic Plc, a UK listed professional football club and a non-executive director of Belmond Ltd, a US listed luxury hotel and leisure company. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
There are no further disclosures to be made pursuant to Listing Rule 9.6.13R in respect of Lord Livingston’s appointment.