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Merlin Entertainments PLC (MERL.L)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

John Sunderland

72 2017 Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Nick Varney

Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director

Anne-Francoise Nesmes

2016 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director

Matthew Jowett

General Counsel, Company Secretary

Andrew Fisher

2018 Non-Executive Director

Soren Soerensen

2013 Non-Executive Director

Yun Chiang

50 2016 Independent Non-Executive Director

Charles Gurassa

62 2013 Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Fru Hazlitt

52 2014 Independent Non-Executive Director

Kenneth Hydon

71 2013 Independent Non-Executive Director

Trudy Rautio

66 2015 Independent Non-Executive Director

Simon Whittington

2017 Head of Investor Relations

Biographies

Name Description

John Sunderland

Sir John Michael Sunderland is Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Merlin Entertainments PLC. He has over 40 years’ experience in business and is an experienced Chairman, having held the same position at Cadbury Schweppes for five years until 2008. Sir John was previously Chief Executive Officer at Cadbury Schweppes, President of the Confederation of British Industry, a Non-executive Director at Barclays Bank plc and AFC Energy plc, a Director of the Financial Reporting Council and Chairman of Cambridge Education Group. He is Chancellor of Aston University, Adviser of CVC Capital Partners.

Nick Varney

Mr. Nick Varney serves as Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director of Merlin Entertainments Plc. Nick has over 25 years in the visitor attractions industry, Nick was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Merlin Entertainments in 1999. He led the management buy-out from Vardon Attractions to form Merlin and took the Company through rapid expansion until its successful 2013 Listing on the London Stock Exchange. Prior to joining Vardon Attractions, Nick held senior management and marketing positions at The Tussauds Group (then a part of Pearson plc), Reckitt & Colman and Rowntree. He is Chairman of the British Hospitality Association.

Anne-Francoise Nesmes

Ms. Anne-Francoise Michele Nesmes is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director of the Company. With over 24 years’ experience in finance across international organisations, Anne-Francoise brings a strong focus on strategy execution, M&A, process improvement and governance. Anne-Francoise started her career in the UK as a finance graduate trainee at John Crane, before moving to Tetra Pak, then ADP and later Caterpillar UK. In 1997, she joined GlaxoSmithKline and held a variety of increasingly senior roles across the organisation in the UK and overseas, including Senior Vice President of Finance for Vaccines. In April 2013, Anne-Francoise joined Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC as Chief Financial Officer, where she was instrumental in transforming Dechra into a successful pharmaceutical company specialising in animal health. She led the expansion of its international footprint through acquisitions and delivered significant efficiencies through modernising Finance and R&D processes.

Matthew Jowett

Mr. Matthew Jowett is General Counsel, Company Secretary of the Company.

Andrew Fisher

Mr. Andrew Fisher has been appointed as Non-Executive Director of the Company., with effect from 1 July 2018. Andrew's appointment will add further breadth to the Board's existing sector, geographic and governance experience, with his particular expertise in digital and technology markets. Andrew is currently Executive Chairman at Shazam. Prior to joining Shazam in 2005, Andrew was European Managing Director at Infospace Inc and Managing Director at TDLI.com. Over the past 20 years Andrew has led the successful growth of a number of technology-focussed enterprises.

Soren Soerensen

Mr. Soren Thorup Soerensen is Non-executive Director of Merlin Entertainments Plc. Soren was appointed a Non-executive Director of the Company in 2013, representing KIRKBI. He has been a Director of the Company throughout the year and continues in this role as at the date of this report. Soren is currently the Chief Executive Officer of KIRKBI, following his appointment in March 2010. Soren was formerly a Partner, Chief Financial Officer and member of the Group Executive Board of A.P. Moller - Maersk Group between 2006 and 2009. Prior to this he was Managing Partner of KPMG Denmark, having been a Partner at KPMG since 1997. Outside the KIRKBI Group, Soren is currently Non-executive Chairman of Topdanmark A/S and holds Non-executive Director positions at LEGO A/S, TDC A/S and Falck Holding A/S.

Yun Chiang

Ms. Yun (Rachel) Chiang is Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. She has extensive experience of the Asian consumer and property markets, having held a number of senior executive and non-executive roles in the region. Rachel is currently Partner and founding member of the private equity activities of Pacific Alliance Group (PAG), one of the region’s largest Asia-focused alternative investment managers with over $16 billion in funds under management across Private Equity, Real Estate and Hedge Funds. She currently holds Non-executive positions with Hong Kong-listed Sands China (a majority-owned subsidiary of Las Vegas Sands), Hong Kong-listed Pacific Century Premium Developments (PCPD) which specialises in the development and management of premium property and infrastructure projects in the Asia Pacific region and Hong Kong-listed Goodbaby International Ltd, a leading manufacturer of children’s durable products.

Charles Gurassa

Mr. Charles M. Gurassa serves as Senior Independent Non-executive Director of Merlin Entertainments Plc. Charles was appointed Senior Independent Non-executive Director of Merlin Entertainments and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee in 2013. He has been a Director of the Company throughout the year and continues in this role as at the date of this report. Charles is the Non-executive Chairman of Channel 4 and Genesis Housing Association, Deputy Chairman at EasyJet plc and a trustee of English Heritage and the Migration Museum. He is a former Chairman of Virgin Mobile plc, LOVEFiLM, Phones4U, MACH, Tragus, NetNames, Parthenon Entertainments and Alamo/ National Rent a Car and former Deputy Chairman of the National Trust. His executive career included roles as Chief Executive of Thomson Travel Group plc, Executive Chairman TUI Northern Europe, Director TUI AG and as Director, Passenger & Cargo business at British Airways. He is a former Non-executive Director at Whitbread plc, trustee of the children’s charity Whizz-Kidz and a member of the development board of the University of York. He is Non-executive Chairman at Channel 4, Deputy Chairman of easyJet plc, Trustee of English Heritage and the Migration Museum. Director of English Heritage Trading Limited.

Fru Hazlitt

Ms. Fru Hazlitt serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. Fru was appointed a Non-executive Director of Merlin Entertainments in 2014. She has been a Director of the Company throughout the year and continues in this role as at the date of this report. Fru was formerly Managing Director, Commercial, Online and Interactive at ITV, and previously Chief Executive Officer at GCap Media plc and Virgin Radio. Prior to that Fru spent six years at Yahoo! where her roles included Managing Director, UK and Ireland, and Sales and Marketing Director, Europe. She is now a Governor of Downe House School and has also served as a Nonexecutive Director on the Boards of Betfair Plc and Woolworths Plc. She is Deputy Chair of Downe House School, Chair of Downe House Foundation, Non-executive Director at Channel 4.

Kenneth Hydon

Mr. Kenneth (Ken) Hydon serves as Independent Non-executive Director of Merlin Entertainments Plc. Ken was appointed a Non-executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Merlin Entertainments in 2013. He has been a Director of the Company throughout the year and continues in this role as at the date of this report. Ken is currently a Non-executive Director of Reckitt Benckiser Group plc. Previously, he was CFO of Vodafone Group Plc. Ken was also a Non-executive Director of Tesco Plc from 2004 to 2013, a Nonexecutive Director of Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust from 2005 to 2012 and a Non-executive Director of Pearson Plc from 2006 to 2015. He is Non-executive Director of Reckitt Benckiser Group plc.

Trudy Rautio

Ms. Trudy A. Rautio serves as Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. Trudy retired on 1 May 2015 from the position of Chief Executive Officer of Carlson, a privately held global hospitality and travel company. Trudy had been a senior executive with Carlson since 1997, having served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of Carlson preceding her appointment as CEO. Prior to joining Carlson, Trudy served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Jostens, Inc., and served as Vice President of Finance for Minneapolis-based Pillsbury Co. Trudy is the Chair of The Rezidor Hotel Group Board, and also serves on the Board of Directors for Cargill, The Donaldson Company, Inc., and Securian Holding Company. Trudy is a Certified Public Accountant (unlicensed) and Certified Management Accountant. She is Member of the Board of Directors for Cargill, The Donaldson Company, Inc., and Securian Holding Company.

Simon Whittington

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