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Board of Directors

Don Robert
Chairman

Appointed: 6 July 2006

Other current roles: Non-executive director – Compass Group PLC. Director and trustee – National Education and Employer Partnership Taskforce. Trustee – Sage Hill School, California

Previous roles: Chief Executive Officer – Experian. Chief Executive Officer – Experian North America. Various senior roles – The First American Corporation. President – Credco, Inc. Various – US Bancorp. Director – former GUS plc. Past chairman – Consumer Data Industry Association

Key skills and experience:
Record of performance and of increasing shareholder value and highly regarded by stakeholders. Has the right balance of competencies and the necessary experience to provide Experian with the overall leadership it requires in the next phase of its growth and development

Brian Cassin
Chief Executive Officer

Appointed: 30 April 2012

Other current roles: None

Previous roles: Chief Financial Officer – Experian. Managing Director - Greenhill & Co. Senior Roles - Baring Brothers International, London Stock Exchange

Key skills and experience:
Exemplary operational performance and contribution to the Board. A broad range of operational competencies, including clear leadership and strong, decisive management skills, coupled with deep commercial acumen and a firm grasp of strategic objectives

Kerry Williams
Chief Operating Officer

Appointed: 16 July 2014

Other current roles: Board member – Institute for Intergovernmental Research

Previous roles: Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Experian. President – Credit Services, Experian. President – Experian Latin America. Group President – Credit Services and Decision Analytics, Experian North America. President – ERisk Holdings Incorporated. Senior Vice President/General Manager – Bank of America. Senior management positions – Wells Fargo Bank

Key skills and experience: With a broad background in the financial services industry, and holding an MBA qualification, has immense experience and deep knowledge of Experian's businesses across the world.

Fabiola Arredondo
Non-Executive Director

Appointed: 1 January 2007

Other current roles: Managing Partner – Siempre Holdings. Non-executive director – Rodale, Inc., the World Wildlife Fund, Sesame Workshop, NPR (National Public Radio)

Previous roles: Senior operating positions – Yahoo!, the BBC, Bertelsmann AG. Non-executive director – Saks, Inc., Bankinter S.A., BOC Group plc, Intelsat Corporation

Key skills and experience:
Brings directly relevant international strategic and operational experience in the technology and media sectors, including a senior role at a pre-eminent global internet company. Has extensive leading international non-executive directorship experience and qualifications including an MBA

Jan Babiak
Non-executive director (56)

Appointed: 29 April 2014

Other current roles: Non-executive director – Walgreens, Bank of Montreal. Council Member – Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Previous roles: Managing Partner and Executive Board level roles – Ernst & Young. Non-executive director – Logica plc, Royal Mail plc

Key skills and experience:
Brings important information technology security and governance, transformation and programme management knowledge. A qualified accountant with an MBA, has excellent non-executive credentials and has operated globally throughout career

Roger Davis
Non-Executive Director

Appointed: 1 January 2007

Other current roles: Chairman – Experian plc Remuneration Committee. Chairman – Gem Diamonds Limited, Sainsbury’s Bank

Previous roles: Chairman – Cabot Credit Management, Chief Executive Officer – Barclays UK banking operation. Board member – Barclays PLC. Various roles – Flemings and BZW

Key skills and experience:
Over 20 years’ experience leading and managing change at large global businesses. Understands what is required to effectively manage a large organisation as a result of extensive executive and non-executive experience

Alan Jebson
Non-Executive Director

Appointed: 1 January 2007

Other current roles: Chairman – Experian plc Audit Committee. Non-executive director – Vodafone Group plc

Previous roles: Group Chief Operating Officer, Group Chief Information Officer – HSBC Holdings plc. Non-executive director – MacDonald Dettwiler

Key skills and experience:
Information technology, global resourcing and an operational background are invaluable at a large global business like Experian where issues around server technology and information security are of great importance. A qualified chartered accountant, with top-level non-executive experience

Deirdre Mahlan
Non-Executive Director

Appointed: 1 September 2012

Other current roles: Chief Financial Officer – Diageo plc

Previous roles: Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Head of Tax and Treasury – Diageo plc. Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer – Diageo North America. Vice President of Finance – Diageo Guinness USA. Various senior finance roles – Joseph Seagram and Sons, Inc. PricewaterhouseCoopers

Key skills and experience:
A qualified accountant with an MBA, Deirdre has many years’ experience in senior finance roles. Currently a board member at Diageo plc, so understands the operational challenges of a global public company

George Rose
Deputy Chairman and Senior independent Director

Appointed: 1 September 2012

Other current roles: Chairman - Experian plc Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee. Non-executive director (and audit committee chairman) – Genel Energy plc, Laing O’Rourke plc. Member – Industrial Development Advisory Board

Previous roles: Group Finance Director, Director of Finance and Treasury – BAE Systems plc. Senior finance positions – Leyland DAF plc, Rover Group (and finance graduate trainee at Ford). Non-executive director – National Grid plc, SAAB AB, Orange plc

Key skills and experience:
Career has included high-level finance positions, including at board level with BAE Systems plc. Continues to hold non-executive positions with leading companies

Judith Sprieser
Non-Executive Director

Appointed: 1 June 2010

Other current roles: Vice Chair - Royal Ahold N.V., Non-executive director – Reckitt Benckiser Group plc, Allstate Corporation, InterContinental Exchange, Inc.

Previous roles: President and Chief Executive Officer – Transora. Executive Vice President, Food Operations, Chief Financial Officer – Sara Lee Corporation. Non-executive director – USG Corporation, Adecco SA

Key skills and experience:
Relevant experience of providing insight into customer decision-making, and a wealth of international experience. An experienced non-executive director who has chaired both audit and remuneration committees

Paul Walker
Non-Executive Director

Appointed: 1 June 2010

Other current roles: Non-executive Chairman – Perform Group plc, Halma plc, WANdisco plc. Chair – Newcastle Science City Partnership. Director – Entrepreneurs’ Forum

Previous roles: Chief Executive Officer, Finance Director, Financial Controller – The Sage Group plc. Non-executive director – Diageo plc, MyTravel Group plc. Ernst & Young

Key skills and experience:
Spent 16 years recently as chief executive officer of a FTSE company, giving a great understanding of the challenges of running a global business. An economics graduate with a strong financial background and high-level non-executive experience

Charles Brown
Group Company Secretary

Charlie Brown joined Experian in October 2006 as Company Secretary. Based in Dublin, Ireland, his responsibilities include corporate governance, statutory and listing rules compliance and reporting, Board support, shareholder services and corporate responsibility. Before joining Experian, Charlie was Group Company Secretary at Standard Chartered PLC and was previously Director, Corporate Secretariat at Allied Domecq plc, Head of Secretariat at RMC Group p.l.c. and Assistant Company Secretary at English China Clays plc. Charlie is Secretary to the Experian plc Board and its principal Committees and Experian’s Global Strategic Projects Committee and a member of Experian’s Group Operating Committee. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) and a member of the ICSA's Company Secretaries Forum, the Association for the General Counsel and Company Secretaries of FTSE 100 companies and the CBI Companies Committee.