Board of Directors

A strong and diverse board

Ultimate responsibility for the management of Alent rests with the Board of Directors.  Our Board comprises the Chairman, Peter Hill CBE, 2 Executive Directors and 5 non- executive Directors. 

The primary focus of the Board is on strategic and policy issues.  It approves the Group strategy, oversees the allocation of resources and monitors the overall performance of the Group.  Biographies for each of our Directors are set out below.

Chairman

Peter Hill CBE

Peter Hill

Chairman and Chairman of the Nominations Committee

Peter Hill was appointed as a Director, Chairman and Chairman of the Nominations Committee of Alent plc on 31 October 2012. 
 

Skills and experience:
Peter served as Chief Executive of Laird PLC from 2002 until he stepped down from the board in November 2011. He previously held senior management positions with BTR plc (subsequently Invensys plc) and was an executive director of Costain Group PLC. He was previously a non-executive director of Cookson Group plc, Meggitt PLC and Oxford Instruments plc, and was a non-executive board member of UK Trade and Investment. Peter is a Non-executive director of Essentra plc, a Non-executive director of the Royal Air Force and Non-executive Chairman of Volution Group plc.

Nationality:
Peter Hill is a British citizen.

Executive directors

Steve Corbett

Steve Corbett

Chief Executive

Steve Corbett was appointed as a Director of Alent plc on 31 October 2012.

Skills and experience:
Steve was at Cookson Group plc from 1990 and held various senior management roles within its joining technologies businesses before, in 2002, being appointed President of Enthone, the then newly acquired surface chemistries business. He was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer of Cookson’s Performance Materials division in 2004 and served as an executive director of Cookson Group plc from May 2012 until he resigned from the board in October 2012 following the announcement of the proposed demerger of Cookson Group plc. He previously held senior roles with Heraeus Gmbh and Corning Glass.

Nationality:
Steve Corbett is a US citizen.

David Egan

David Egan

Group Finance Director

David Egan was appointed as a Director of Alent plc on 1 January 2013.

Skills and experience:
David was previously the Chief Financial Officer at ESAB, which was the largest division of Charter International plc which was itself acquired by Colfax Corporation in 2012. Prior to joining ESAB in 2008, David was Group Financial Controller of Hanson plc based in London, and prior to that Chief Financial Officer, Hanson Asia Pacific based in Singapore. He has extensive international experience of businesses in Europe, including the Russian Federation, Asia, Australasia, and the Americas. David is non-executive director and chairman of the audit committee of Tribal Group plc. David is a qualified Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA), Australia.

Nationality:
David Egan holds dual British and Australian citizenship.

Non-Executive Directors

Dr Emma FitzGerald

Dr Emma FitzGerald

Non-Executive Director

Emma FitzGerald was appointed as a Director of Alent plc on 31 October 2012.

Skills and experience:
Emma is Director, Gas Distribution for National Grid plc. Prior to joining National Grid, she pursued a 20 year career with Royal Dutch Shell where she held a variety of technical, strategic and general management positions based in Asia and Europe including Vice President Global Retail Network, and as Managing Director of Shell China/Hong Kong Lubricants based in Beijing. Emma was previously a non-executive director of Cookson Group plc and has also served on subsidiary boards in both Korea and China. Emma holds a DPhil in Solid State Physics and Surface Chemistry, is a Trustee of The Windsor Leadership Trust, and sits on the leadership development advisory panel for the Prime Minister’s Office of the Singapore Government.

Nationality:
Emma Fitzerald is a British citizen.

Lars Förberg

Lars Förberg

Non-Executive Director

Lars Förberg was appointed as a Director of Alent plc on 31 October 2012.

Skills and experience:
Lars is a managing partner of Cevian Capital, which holds over 21% of Alent’s issued share capital. Lars co-founded Cevian Capital in 2002. In 1997, he joined AB Custos, the Swedish investment company, ultimately becoming Chief Investment Officer. Prior to AB Custos, he had been an investment manager of Nordic Capital. Lars is a non-executive director of Danske Bank. He also sits on the nominations committee of: Metso Corporation, the global Finnish technology and services company; Tieto Corporation, the Finnish IT service company; and AB Volvo, the Swedish truck and construction equipment manufacturer.

Nationality:
Lars Förberg is a Swedish citizen.

 

Noël Harwerth

Noël Harwerth

Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee

Noël Harwerth was appointed a Director of Alent plc on 31 October 2012 and is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee.

Skills and experience:
Noël spent 15 years with Citicorp, latterly as Chief Operating Officer of Citibank International, having previously been with Dun and Bradstreet and Kennecott Copper Corporation. She is currently Chairman and non-executive director of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe, a non-executive director and member of the audit committee of the London Metal Exchange, a non-executive director of Standard Life plc and Dominion Diamond Corporation Inc. She was a non-executive director and Chairman of the remuneration committee of Logica plc until 2012, and was previously a non-executive director of Impellam Group plc, Corus Group plc, TFL Group, Avocet Mining PLC and until 2013, RSA Insurance Group plc.

Nationality:
Noël Harwerth holds dual British and US citizenship.

Jan Oosterveld

Jan Oosterveld

Non-Executive Director

Jan Oosterveld was appointed as a Director of Alent plc on 31 October 2012. 

Skills and experience:
Jan spent 32 years with Royal Philips Electronics, where he was a member of the group management committee with responsibility for corporate strategy, the Chief Executive of Philips Asia Pacific and the Chairman of LG Philips LCD. He is a non-executive director and Chairman of the remuneration committee of Candover Investments plc and a non executive corporate director of Barco N.V. He served as Chairman of the supervisory board of Crucell N.V. until December 2011 and was previously a non-executive director of Cookson Group plc. Jan is also a professor at IESE Business School in Barcelona.

Nationality:
Jan Oosterveld is a Dutch citizen.

Mark Williamson

Mark Williamson

Non-Executive Director, Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee

Mark Williamson was appointed a Director of Alent plc on 31 October 2012 and is Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee.

Skills and experience:
Mark was formerly Chief Financial Officer of International Power plc. He joined International Power in 2000 as Group Financial Controller and was appointed to the board as Chief Financial Officer in 2003, stepping down in 2012. Previously, he was Group Financial Controller and Group Chief Accountant at Simon Group plc, the engineering and bulk chemicals group. He is Chairman of Imperial Tobacco Group PLC, having previously served as Chairman of the audit committee, and is a non-executive director and SID of National Grid plc. Mark qualified as a Chartered Accountant in South Africa.

Nationality:
Mark Williamson is a British citizen.