Standard Chrtrd PLC (STAN) - Appointment of independent Non-Executive
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Standard Chartered PLC
28 September 2012
Standard Chartered PLC appoints independent Non-Executive Directors
The Board of Directors (the "Board") of Standard Chartered PLC (the "Company")
today announces the appointment of four new independent Non-Executive
Directors. This is the first phase of the Board succession planning exercise
that commenced over a year ago designed to enhance the experience, depth and
diversity of the Board.
Sir John Peace, Chairman of the Board stated: "We are taking a long-term,
strategic, forward-looking approach to refreshing the Board, balancing our
need both to maintain longevity and stability on the Board whilst regularly
refreshing its composition".
As part of the multi-year Board succession planning exercise outlined in the
2011 Annual Report and Accounts, further Board changes will be announced ahead
of the 2013 Annual General Meeting. The intention is that, whilst ensuring
smooth transition and succession, the overall size of the Board will remain
broadly in line with current levels.
Dr Lars Henrik Thunell (aged 64) is appointed as an independent Non-Executive
Director from 1November 2012. As a career banker, Dr Thunell has a wealth of
financial services and banking experience. Most recently he was Chief
Executive Officer and Exective Vice President of International Finance
Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group and, as a result, he has a
detailed understanding of emerging markets. Former roles include Chief
Executive Officer at Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB) and President and
Chief Executive Officer of Securum, the Swedish Governmental entity created to
resolve the country's banking crisis in the 1990s. Dr Thunell has a highly
developed understanding of banking and risk management in a financial services
Mrs Margaret Ewing (aged 57) is appointed as an independent Non-Executive
Director from 1 November 2012. Mrs Ewing brings accounting, finance, and
regulatory development experience to the Board. She retired as a Senior
Partner of Deloitte in May 2012 where latterly her role included regulatory
and public policy development in a global context, firm wide risk and quality
control oversight in addition to being the senior advisory partner to a number
of FTSE 100 companies. Former roles include Chief Financial Officer of BAA
plc, Group Finance Director of Trinity Mirror plc and Non-Executive Director
and Chair of the Audit Committee of Whitbread PLC. Mrs Ewing is a member of
the Financial Reporting Review Panel and stepped down as Chair of the Audit
Committee for the Confederation of British Industry in May 2012.
Mr Om Prakash Bhatt (aged 61) is appointed as an independent Non-Executive
Director from 1 January 2013. Mr Bhatt is a career banker with over 30 years
banking experience and retired as Chairman of the State Bank Group in 2011.
State Bank Group includes State Bank of India, India's largest commercial
bank, five associate banks (the State Banks of Bikaner and Jaipur, Hyderabad,
Mysore, Patiala and Travancore), the country's largest private life insurer, a
leading investment bank and other subisidaries spanning diverse activities
from general insurance to custodial services. Mr Bhatt is currently an
independent Non-Executive Director of Tata Consultancy Services, Oil and
Natural Gas Corporation Ltd, India and Hindustan Unilever Ltd, and has served
as Chairman of the Indian Bank's Association. He has extensive banking,
financial services and leadership acumen with deep knowledge and experience
across India, one of our largest markets.
Dr Louis Chi-Yan Cheung (aged 49) is appointed as an independent Non-Executive
Director from 1 January 2013. Dr Cheung was an Executive Director and Group
President of Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China Ltd until 2011 and a
Non-Executive Director until June 2012. He has very strong general financial
services and investor relations credentials, particularly in a Greater China
context. Prior to joining Ping An, Dr Cheung was a global partner of McKinsey
& Co and a leader in its Asia Pacifica financial institutions practice. He is
also a former Non-Executive Director of Fortis SA/NV and Fortis N.V. Dr Cheung
is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Boyu Capital Advisory Co., Ltd and
an independent Non-Executive Director of Fubon Financial Holding Co., Ltd.
Sir John Peace, Chairman of the Board, said: "We are adding significant
banking, financial and risk management experience to the Board as well as
increasing its diversity. These individuals will be excellent additions to the
Board bringing with them a wealth of experience from some of our largest
markets, including India, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan".
The Company confirms that there is no other information to be disclosed under
the requirements of Listing Rule 9.6.13R in relation to these appointments.
These appointments have received the necessary regulatory approval.
For further information please contact:
James Hopkinson, Head of Investor Relations
Tel: +44 20 7885 7151
Jon Tracey, Head of Media Relations
Tel: +44 20 7885 7613
Notes to Editors
Standard Chartered - leading the way in Asia, Africa and the Middle East
Standard Chartered is a leading international banking group. It has operated
for over 150 years in some of the world's most dynamic markets and earns more
than 90 per cent of its income and profits in Asia, Africa and the Middle
East. This geographic focus and commitment to developing deep relationships
with clients and customers has driven the Bank's growth in recent years.
Standard Chartered PLC is listed on the London and Hong Kong stock exchanges
as well as the Bombay and National Stock Exchanges in India.
With 1,700 offices in 70 markets, the Group offers exciting and challenging
international career opportunities for around 85,000 staff. It is committed to
building a sustainable business over the long term and is trusted worldwide
for upholding high standards of corporate governance, social responsibility,
environmental protection and employee diversity. Standard Chartered's heritage
and values are expressed in its brand promise, 'Here for good'.
For more information please visit www.standardchartered.com
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