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National Express Group PLC (NEX.L)

NEX.L on London Stock Exchange

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17 Jan 2020
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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

John Armitt

73 2013 Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Dean Finch

52 2010 Group Chief Executive, Executive Director

Jorge Cosmen

50 2008 Non-Executive Deputy Chairman of the Board

Chris Davies

48 2017 Group Finance Director, Executive Director

Matthew Ashley

45 2017 Executive Director

Jennifer Myram

2019 Company Secretary

Joaquin Ayuso Garcia

64

Matthew Crummack

2015 Non-Executive Independent Director

Ana de Pro Gonzalo

2019 Non-Executive Independent Director

Karen Geary

56 2019 Non-Executive Independent Director

Jane Kingston

61

Michael McKeon

62 2015 Non-Executive Independent Director

Chris Muntwyler

67 2011 Non-Executive Independent Director

Elliot Sander

62 2016 Senior Non-Executive Independent Director

Ashley Steel

2016 Non-Executive Independent Director

Louise Richardson

2016 IR Contact Officer

Biographies

Name Description

John Armitt

Sir John A. Armitt, CBE is Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of National Express Group Plc. Sir John Armitt has a wealth of experience in the rail, engineering and construction industries. He was President of the Institution of Civil Engineers from 2015 to 2016 and a member of the Board of Transport for London from 2012 to 2016. Sir John was Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority from 2007 to 2014 and Chairman of the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council from 2007 to 2012. From 2001 to 2007, he was Chief Executive of Network Rail and its predecessor, Railtrack. In 1997, he was appointed as Chief Executive of Costain Group PLC, a position he held until 2001. Before this, Sir John was Chief Executive of Union Railways, the company responsible for the development of the high-speed Channel Tunnel Rail Link. This followed a 27-year career at John Laing PLC. Sir John was awarded the CBE in 1996 for his contribution to the rail industry and received a knighthood in 2012 for services to engineering and construction. Deputy Chairman of Berkeley Group Holdings PLC, and Chairman of the City & Guilds Group, the National Infrastructure Commission and the Government Commission on the Thames Estuary. Independent Non-Executive Director of Expo 2020.

Dean Finch

Mr. Dean Finch is Group Chief Executive, Executive Director of National Express Group Plc. Dean is a qualified chartered accountant. He has more than 30 years’ commercial, financial and operational experience of the transport sector gained in both Europe and North America, including working for the office of Passenger Rail Franchising on the privatisation of train operating companies. He has a proven track record of improving operational performance and delivering financial success in bus, coach and rail businesses. He also has substantial executive leadership and listed company experience.

Jorge Cosmen

Mr. Jorge Cosmen is Non-Executive Deputy Chairman of the Board of National Express Group Plc. Jorge is a non-independent Director with a connection to the Company’s largest shareholder, the Cosmen family. He has accumulated a wealth of experience in international business development and has an International MBA from the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid.

Chris Davies

Mr. Chris Davies is Group Finance Director, Executive Director of the Company. A qualified management accountant, Chris Davies joined National Express in May 2017 from Inchcape plc where he was Group Financial Controller and Treasurer from 2013. He also acted as interim Group Chief Financial Officer for Inchcape from January to April 2016. Chris has significant international senior financial experience having started his career with Andersen Consulting, before joining Boots, then Marakon Associates (a strategic consultancy). He spent ten years at Diageo plc, where he held a number of strategic and financial positions on three continents, culminating in him being Chief Financial Officer of its North American division from 2010-2012.

Matthew Ashley

Mr. Matthew Ashley is Executive Director of the Company. Matt is a qualified chartered accountant and brings significant international financial, corporate and operational experience to the Board gained from both within and outside National Express. At National Express, he has previously held Group and divisional finance roles, including Group Finance Director responsible for financial reporting, tax, treasury, investment appraisal, IT, investor relations and financial strategy. Pre-National Express, and in addition to auditing, Matt has supported complex corporate transactions of several multi-national companies. In his current role, he brings his financial and analytical skills together with his understanding of the transport sector and its operations.

Jennifer Myram

Ms. Jennifer Myram is Company Secretary of the Company. She Provides advice and support to the Board, its Committees, the Chairman and, as required, other Directors individually, primarily in relation to corporate governance practices, induction, training and development. Ensures that Board procedures are complied with, applicable rules and regulations are followed and due account is taken of relevant codes of best practice. Responsible, with the Chairman, for setting the agenda for all meetings and delivering high quality and timely information and communication between the Board and its Committees, and between senior management and Non-Executive Directors. The appointment or removal of the Company Secretary is a Board-reserved matter.

Joaquin Ayuso Garcia

Mr. Joaquin Ayuso Garcia is no longer Non-Executive Independent Director of National Express Group Plc., effective 31 December 2019. Joaquin Ayuso has more than 35 years’ experience with Ferrovial, the €10 billion Spanish transport infrastructure and services group that employs over 100,000 people worldwide. He was appointed CEO in 2002, and held that position until October 2009. During this period, Ferrovial expanded internationally with business interests in the UK, US, Canada, Latin America and Europe. Board Vice Chairman for Ferrovial, Non-Executive Director of Bankia, Chairman of the Board of Autopista del Sol SA, Non-Executive Director of Hispania Activos Inmobiliarios SA and Senior Advisor to AT Kearney in Spain and Portugal.

Matthew Crummack

Mr. Matthew Crummack is Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. Matthew Crummack has 25 years’ experience in both consumer product and digital service industries. He has successfully worked across multiple functions, geographies and sectors, while in the last 12 years building up significant leadership experience in technology enabled digital companies. In 2016, Matthew was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Aston University for his achievements as an alumnus, and is Chair of the University’s Business Advisory Group. He previously served as CEO of lastminute.com, the online travel and leisure retailer, from 2011 until March 2015 when the business was acquired by Bravofly Rumbo Group (subsequently renamed lastminute.com Group). He served as Deputy CEO and Chief Integration Officer until December 2015, following which he served as a member of its Strategic Advisory Committee. In addition, Matthew was formerly a Senior Vice President of Lodging at Expedia in Europe and the US, has previously worked for Nestle UK, and spent eight years at Procter & Gamble in a variety of roles.

Ana de Pro Gonzalo

Ms. Ana de Pro Gonzalo is appointed as Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company., effective 1 October 2019. She is is the Chief Financial Officer of Amadeus IT Group, S.A., the Spanish (IBEX 35) listed provider of IT solutions to the travel and tourism industry. Ana previously worked as the General Manager of Sacyr Vallehermoso, a leading Spanish construction group, and prior to that as the Chief Financial Officer at Metrovacesa S.A., a Spanish real estate business, having started her career with Arthur Anderson as an auditor. Ana is currently also an independent director of Consejo Aesor Nacional Espanol, the Spanish National Advisory Board, where she also serves as a member of the Global Steering Group for Impact Assessment. Ana was previously an independent non-executive director of Merlin Properties SOCIMI, S.A., a real estate company listed on the Spanish Stock Exchange (IBEX-35).

Karen Geary

Mrs. Karen Geary is appointed as Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company., effective 1 October 2019. She is an experienced HR professional, who was most recently an independent non-executive director of, and chair of the Remuneration Committee at, Micro Focus International plc, the London listed (FTSE 100) software infrastructure business, before she became the Chief HR Officer, a role she held until 2018 to assist with the merger with Hewlett Packard Enterprise Software division. Karen has spent the majority of her career in HR director roles at a number of international organisations, including at Stena Line, the Swedish transport and leisure operator, London listed (FTSE 100) software business The Sage Group PLC and San Francisco based Wandisco plc, having started her career at the UK subsidiary of US agrochemicals business, Monsanto.

Jane Kingston

Ms. Jane Kingston is no longer Non-Executive Independent Director of National Express Group Plc., effective 31 December 2019. Jane Kingston served as Group Human Resources Director for Compass Group PLC from 2006 until her retirement in 2016. Prior to this, she served as Group Human Resources Director for BPB PLC from 2002 until its acquisition by Saint Gobain SA in 2006. Jane’s earlier career in HR has spanned a variety of sectors, including engineering and building materials with Enodis PLC and Blue Circle PLC (now Lafarge SA) and garment and textiles with Coats Viyella PLC, as well as the British car industry. She has significant international experience, having had responsibility for the people agenda in most parts of the world at some point during her career. Jane is currently Non-Executive Director, and Chair of the Remuneration Committee, of Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc.

Michael McKeon

Mr. Michael J. E. McKeon is Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. Mike McKeon is a chartered accountant. He has developed his core skills during extensive experience over many years of financial and business management in various sectors and countries around the world and in increasingly senior roles. During this time, he acquired in depth knowledge of how to develop and restructure different businesses, adapting strategy and operations to achieve success. Mike was Group Finance Director of Severn Trent plc from 2005 until his retirement from the board in 2015. Prior to that, between 2000 and 2005, he was Group Finance Director of Novar plc. He has held various senior roles, both in the UK and internationally, at Rolls-Royce plc, CarnaudMetalbox, Elf Atochem and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Until January 2017, Mike was also Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee at investment trust, The Merchants Trust PLC.

Chris Muntwyler

Mr. Chris E. Muntwyler is Non-Executive Independent Director of National Express Group Plc. Chris Muntwyler has more than 35 years’ experience in the IT, Aviation and Transport Industries. During his 27 years at Swissair, he held top executive positions in the commercial areas and as CIO in Switzerland, Sweden and North America. In 1999 he joined DHL Express as Managing Director of Switzerland, Germany and Central Europe and from 2005 to 2008 as CEO of DHL Express (UK) Ltd, based in London where he was also a member of the CBI President’s Committee. Chris previously served as a Director of ATPCO (USA) and Pilatus Aircraft Ltd (Switzerland).

Elliot Sander

Mr. Elliott Sander is Senior Non-Executive Independent Director of National Express Group plc. He has significant experience in the transportation sector. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York and the former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation. He is the Chairman Emeritus of the Regional Plan Association, an NGO that has played a guiding role in the planning of the New York Metropolitan area. Lee was Group Chief Executive for Global Transportation at AECOM, a global architecture and engineering firm. He served as President of The HAKS Group Inc and The I. Grace Company, which also specialised in architecture, engineering, and construction in the public and private sectors. In addition, Lee founded the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at New York University. Until 2017, he was a Senior External Adviser to McKinsey & Company.

Ashley Steel

Dr. Ashley Steel is Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Ashley Steel is a former Vice Chairman at KPMG and was Global Chair for its transport, leisure and logistics practice until her retirement from the firm in September 2014. Ashley has significant international experience and has advised numerous FTSE/Fortune 500 boards. Her other sector experience includes professional services, technology, media, business services and healthcare. Ashley is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Civil Aviation Authority and previously served on the International Business Advisory Board at British Airways. She is also an independent Non-Executive Director to global law firm, Ince & Co. She is also a founding member on the Global Advisory Board for Out Leadership, a New Yorkbased business helping chairmen and CEOs of finance and law firms become LGBT aware. Ashley has a PhD in Management from Henley Business School.

Louise Richardson