Dec 5 British bus and rail operator FirstGroup
is expected to appoint Aviva's John McFarlane as
its next chairman, replacing company founder Martin Gilbert, Sky
McFarlane, who has served as the chairman of insurer Aviva
since July 2012, is expected to be named FirstGroup chairman on
Friday, Sky said, without citing a source for its report.
FirstGroup could not be reached for a comment outside normal
working hours. Aviva also was not available for a comment.
FirstGroup said in May that Gilbert would step down as
chairman after a 27-year stint with the company once a successor
is appointed. The company posted a sharp rise in first-half
pretax profit in November after it launched a rights issue in
May to raise 615 million pounds.