People: BG Group PLC (BG.L)
19 Dec 2013
Mr. Simon Jonathan Lowth has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director of BG Group PLC., effective November 2013. Simon is currently the CFO of AstraZeneca PLC and an Executive Director on its Board. He joined the biopharmaceutical company in November 2007 and is responsible for Finance, Investor Relations, and AstraZeneca's business in Japan. During his time at AstraZeneca, Simon has helped the company improve productivity, cash management, and capital allocation as it transitions through a period of patent expirations. Simon has been a non-executive director of Standard Chartered PLC since 2010. Prior to joining AstraZeneca, Simon worked at Scottish Power PLC from 2003 to 2007. As Corporate Strategy Director, Simon introduced value-based planning and performance metrics, while moving the company's strategic focus to organic investment. In 2005, Simon was appointed Finance Director to improve both earnings and cash generation. Simon previously spent 15 years working for McKinsey & Company, latterly as the Director responsible for the UK industrial practice. Simon has an engineering degree from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from London Business School.
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