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SSP Group PLC (SSPG.L)

SSPG.L on London Stock Exchange

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21 Aug 2019
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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Vagn Sorensen

2006 Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Simon Smith

2019 Chief Executive Officer

Jonathan Davies

2014 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director

Helen Byrne

2007 General Counsel, Company Secretary

Kathryn Swann

2019 Executive Director

John Barton

2014 Senior Independent Non Executive Director

Carolyn Bradley

2018 Non-Executive Independent Director

Ian Dyson

2014 Independent Non-Executive Director

Per Utnegaard

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. Vagn joined the SSP Board as Chairman in June 2006. Vagn has extensive experience in global business and the airline and transportation industries, with over twenty years’ experience working within the travel sector. Vagn brings strong management and leadership experience to SSP Vagn was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Austrian Airlines Group from 2001 to 2006 and held various senior commercial positions. He 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. Vagn was also the Chairman of Scandic Hotels Group AB. Vagn is Chairman of 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, CP Dyvig & Co A/S and Unilode Aviation Solutions. In addition, Vagn is a Senior Advisor to Morgan Stanley in the Nordic region and a Senior Industrial and Investment Advisor to EQT Partners.

Simon Smith

Mr. Simon Smith is appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Company, with effective 1 June 2019. He was Chief Executive Officer - SSP UK and Ireland region of the company. Previously, Simon was managing director of WHSmith’s Travel division and has over 20 years of experience in retail. He began his career with Fenwicks before moving to Allders Department Stores and then Safeway, where he worked in both commercial and marketing roles. Simon joined the travel division of WHSmith in 2004 as trading director before being promoted to chief operating officer and, more recently, managing director. During his tenure, WHSmith Travel doubled the number of its stores and sales for the division grew to £460 million as a result of openings in new channels, and the development of the franchise model in the UK and overseas. Simon holds a degree from Leeds Metropolitan University Business School.

Jonathan Davies

Mr. Jonathan Davies is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director of the Company. Jonathan has been the Chief Financial Officer of SSP since its formation within Compass Group in 2004. Jonathan brings extensive financial experience to SSP and has spent over thirty years working within retail and FMCG companies. Jonathan began his career in Unilever plc’s management development programme before joining OC&C, the strategic management consultancy, as a start up in 1987, where he was part of its rapid growth and development to become a leading international consulting firm. From 1995 to 2004 Jonathan worked for Safeway plc, where he was Finance Director on its Executive Board between 1999 and 2004. Jonathan was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Assura plc in June 2018 . Jonathan holds a degree in Chemistry from Oxford University and an MBA from INSEAD Business School, France.

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.

Kathryn Swann

Ms. Kathryn Elizabeth Swann re-designated as Executive Director of the Company with effective 31 May 2019. Kate joined SSP as Chief Executive Officer in September 2013. Kate brings invaluable business and operational leadership experience to the Board. She has a wealth of experience working in the retail sector. 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 Group Limited in 1997, ultimately serving 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 IVC Acquisitions Topco Limited (Independent Vetcare). 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

John Barton

Mr. John Barton is Senior Independent Non Executive Director of the Company. John joined the SSP Board as the Senior Independent Director in April 2014. John has extensive board and general management experience, especially on advising boards on executive remuneration across a range of sectors. John 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 Senior Independent Director at 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 2018Carolyn joined the SSP Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director in October 2018. Carolyn has extensive experience in marketing and, having worked in the retail industry for over thirty years, brings a strong consumer focus. Carolyn brings significant board and board committee advisory experience to the Board. Carolyn spent over twenty five years at Tesco, holding a number of roles including Chief Operating Officer for Tesco.com, Commercial Director for Tesco Stores and Tesco UK Marketing Director, before being appointed Group Brand Director in 2012. External appointments: Carolyn is a Non-Executive Director of Legal and General Group plc (stepping down with effect from 31 December 2018), Majid Al Futtaim Retail LLC, Marston’s PLC (Senior Independent Director), The Mentoring Foundation and B&M European Value Retail S.A. Carolyn serves on the Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees of Marston’s PLC and the Nomination and Remuneration Committees of Legal and General Group plc. She is a trustee and Deputy Chairman of Cancer Research UK and a member of the Advisory Board of Cambridge Judge Business School. Carolyn graduated from the University of Cambridge with an MA in English Literature.

Ian Dyson

Mr. Ian Dyson is Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. Ian joined the SSP Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director in April 2014. Ian brings significant financial and business experience to the Board. 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 was promoted to 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. Ian is also Chairman of the Audit Committee of both ASOS plc and Intercontinental Hotels Group plc. Ian qualified as a chartered accountant in1986.

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. Per brings considerable international business experience to the Board. Per’s previous roles include Group Wholesale Director and a member of the Group Board at Alliance UniChem plc, Senior Vice President, Corporate Business Development at Danzas Holding Limited (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, the Vice chairman of Swissport International AG and the Chairman of the Executive Board of Bilfinger SE. Since April 2017, Per has been a Non-Executive Director of Xovis AG. He has also been a board member of the Swiss University Sports Federation since April 2016. Per graduated from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing.

Sarah John

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

Vagn Sorensen

187,000

Simon Smith

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Jonathan Davies

2,165,000

Helen Byrne

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Kathryn Swann

6,247,000

John Barton

69,000

Carolyn Bradley

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Ian Dyson

59,000

Per Utnegaard

49,000

Sarah John

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As Of  30 Sep 2018