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SSP Group PLC (SSPG.L)

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13 Dec 2018
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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Vagn Sorensen

58 2006 Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Kate Swann

2014 Group Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director

Jonathan Davies

2014 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director

Helen Byrne

2007 General Counsel, Company Secretary

John Barton

73 2014 Senior Independent Non Executive Director

Carolyn Bradley

2018 Non-Executive Independent Director

Ian Dyson

55 2014 Independent Non-Executive Director

Denis Hennequin

60 2014 Independent Non-Executive Director

Per Utnegaard

55 2015 Independent Non-Executive Director

Sarah John

2015 IR Contact Officer

Biographies

Name Description

Vagn Sorensen

Mr. Vagn Ove Sorensen serves as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of the Company. He was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Austrian Airlines Group from 2001 to 2006 and held various senior commercial positions and served as Deputy Chief Executive Officer with SAS Scandinavian Airlines System from 1984 to 2001. Other previous roles include serving as the Chairman of the Association of European Airlines and of British Midland Airways, as a director of Lufthansa Cargo, and as a member of the Board of Governors of the International Air Transport Association. Investment Advisor to EQT Partners. He is Chairman of Scandic Hotels AB, Air Canada and FLSmidth & Co. A/S, and a board member of Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited, VFS Global, Braganza AS, Nordic Aviation Capital A/S, TIA Technology A/S, ZEBRA A/S, JP/Politikens Hus A/S, CP Dyvig & Co A/S and Unilode Aviation Solutions. In addition, Vagn is a consultant Senior Advisor to Morgan Stanley in the Nordic region. He has an MSc in Economics and Business Administration from Aarhus Business School in Denmark.

Kate Swann

Ms. Kate E. Swann re-designated as Executive Director of the Company with effective 31 May 2019. She served as Group Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Kate began her retail career with Tesco plc before working with some of the UK’s best-known companies, including Homepride Foods, Coca-Cola Schweppes and Dixons Retail plc. She then joined Homebase in 1997, ultimately in the role of Managing Director, and in 2000 was made Managing Director of Argos. Kate joined WH Smith plc as Chief Executive Officer in 2003. In 2012 she received both The Daily Telegraph award for Business Leader of the Decade at the National Business Awards and the Institute for Turnaround Chairman’s Special Award for exceptional and extraordinary performance in the transformation of WH Smith. Kate also served as a Non- Executive Director of Babcock International Group plc. Kate has been a Non-Executive Director of England Hockey since 2016 and is also a Non- Executive Director of Independent Vetcare Limited. Kate graduated from the University of Bradford in 1986 with a BSc in Business Management and received an honorary doctorate from the university in 2007 where she is now Chancellor. Kate joined SSP as Chief Executive Officer in September 2013.

Jonathan Davies

Mr. Jonathan Davies is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director of the Company. Jonathan began his career in the food industry with Unilever plc in 1984, before joining OC&C, the strategic management consultancy, in 1987. Over the following eight years he was part of its rapid growth and development from a start-up to becoming a leading international consulting firm. In 1995 Jonathan joined Safeway plc, where he was responsible for strategy and planning, before becoming Finance Director on the Executive Board between 1999 and 2004. He has a degree in Chemistry from Oxford University and an MBA from INSEAD Business School, France. Jonathan has been the Chief Financial Officer of SSP since its formation within Compass Group in 2004.

Helen Byrne

Ms. Helen Byrne serves as General Counsel, Company Secretary of the Company. She joined SSP Group as General Counsel and Company Secretary in March 2007, and leads the Group legal team which she formed following her arrival at SSP. Helen is a solicitor and has extensive experience in providing commercial legal advice at board and group-wide level, having previously been company secretary and general counsel for Gullane Entertainment (formerly The Britt Allcroft Company) and HIT Entertainment. Helen holds a degree in law from Exeter University.

John Barton

Mr. John Barton is Senior Independent Non Executive Director of the Company. He joined the SSP Board as the senior independent Non-Executive Director in April 2014. John has served as Chairman of Next plc, Cable & Wireless Worldwide plc, Brit Insurance Holdings plc, Wellington Underwriting plc, and Catlin Group Underwriting. He was previously Senior Independent Director of WH Smith plc and Hammerson plc. He was also the Chief Executive of insurance broker JIB Group plc from 1984 to 1997. After JIB’s merger with Lloyd Thomson in 1997, he became Chairman of the combined group, Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc, until 2001. John has been Chairman of easyJet PLC since 2013 and is a Non- Executive Director of Matheson & Co., Limited and Luceco plc. John is a qualified chartered accountant and received an MBA from Strathclyde University.

Carolyn Bradley

Ms. Carolyn Bradley is Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company, with effect from 1 October 2018. She is senior independent director of Marston's PLC, and a non-executive director of Legal and General Group plc, The Mentoring Foundation and Majid Al Futtaim Retail LLC. She will also be appointed as a non-executive director of B&M European Value Retail S.A. with effect from 15 November 2018. She previously spent over 25 years at Tesco, holding a number of roles including Chief Operations Officer for Tesco.com, Commercial Director for Tesco Stores and Tesco UK Marketing Director, before being appointed Group Brand Director in 2012. In addition, Carolyn is a Trustee and Deputy Chair of Cancer Research UK, a member of the Advisory Board of Cambridge Judge Business School and a past Trustee of the Drinkaware Trust. Carolyn currently serves on the audit, nomination and remuneration committees of Marston's PLC and the nomination and remuneration committees of Legal and General Group plc.

Ian Dyson

Mr. Ian Dyson is Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. He joined the SSP Board as an independent Non-Executive Director in April 2014. Ian was formerly Chief Executive Officer (and then Non-Executive Director) of Punch Taverns plc, Chief Executive Officer of Spirit Pub Company Plc, Group Finance & Operations Director at Marks & Spencer Group plc and Finance Director of The Rank Group plc. Prior to this he was Group Financial Controller of Hilton International Co. He joined Hilton from Le Meridien, a division of Forte Group plc, where he had been Finance Director. Ian has also been a Non-Executive Director of Misys plc. His early career was spent with Arthur Andersen, where he qualified as a chartered accountant in 1986 and was promoted to a Partner of the firm in 1994. Ian is Senior Independent Director of Paddy Power Betfair plc and ASOS plc, and a Non-Executive Director of Intercontinental Hotels Group plc.

Denis Hennequin

Mr. Denis Hennequin is Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. Denis joined the SSP Board as an independent Non-Executive Director in February 2014. Denis began his career at The McDonald’s Corporation, becoming President of McDonald’s Europe in 2005 where he was responsible for 6,600 restaurants in 40 countries until 2010. He has also served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Accor S.A., the worldwide hotel group, and as a director of E-house Concept Limited, Cojean Limited and the John Lewis Partnership plc. Denis has been a Non-Executive Director of Eurostar International Limited since 2012. His other directorships include The Green Jersey Limited and Bakkavor Group Limited. He is also a partner at French Food Capital.

Per Utnegaard

Mr. Per H. Utnegaard is Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company since July 1, 2015. Per joined the SSP Board as an independent Non-Executive Director in July 2015. Group Wholesale Director and a member of the Group Board at Alliance UniChem plc, Senior Vice President, Corporate Business Development at Danzas Holding Ltd (a subsidiary of Deutsche Post AG) and various senior positions at TNT Post Group. Per has also been the Group President and the CEO of Swissport International Ltd and the Chairman of the Executive Board of Bilfinger SE. Per has been the Vice Chairman of Swissport International Ltd since 2015. Since April 2017 he has also been a Board Member of Xouis Holding AG.

Sarah John

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

Vagn Sorensen

185,000

Kate Swann

6,478,000

Jonathan Davies

2,209,000

Helen Byrne

--

John Barton

68,000

Carolyn Bradley

--

Ian Dyson

58,000

Denis Hennequin

48,000

Per Utnegaard

48,000

Sarah John

--
As Of  29 Sep 2017