Tesco PLC (LON:TSCO) has today announced that Alison Platt and Simon Patterson will join the Board as additional independent Non-Executive Directors with effect from 1 April 2016. In addition, from that date, Alison Platt will join the Remuneration Committee, and Simon Patterson will join the Audit Committee.
Alison Platt is the Chief Executive of Countrywide plc, the UK’s largest property services group, and has a wealth of relevant experience of the property sector and customer service delivery. She also has significant business to business and international commercial experience. Alison was previously Managing Director at Bupa, responsible for International Development Markets, and has held a range of senior posts including Chief Operating Officer of the UK private hospitals business at Bupa and a number of senior positions in British Airways. She is a non-executive director of Cable & Wireless Communications plc, and was previously chair of ‘Opportunity Now’, which seeks to accelerate change for women in the workplace. Alison was also a non-executive director of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office between 2005 and 2010.
Simon Patterson is a Managing Director of Silver Lake Partners, a leading global technology investment firm, having joined the firm in 2005. He is currently a board member of Dell and Intelsat, and previously served on the boards of Skype, MultiPlan and Gerson Lehrman Group. Prior to joining Silver Lake, he was a member of the founding management team of the logistics software company GF-X (acquired by Descartes) and worked in various management roles at the Financial Times. He is a Trustee of the Natural History Museum in London, a Non-Executive Director of N Brown Group plc, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Prince’s Trust. Mr. Patterson holds an M.A. from King’s College, Cambridge University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar and received the Alexander Robichek Award for Finance.
John Allan, Tesco Plc Chairman, commented: “I am delighted to welcome Alison and Simon to the Board and I know that their broad range of skills and experience will be a real asset to the Company. The Board and I very much look forward to working with them over the coming years.”