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Board of Directors

Sir John Peace
Chairman

Appointed: 6 July 2006

Other current roles: Chairman – Burberry Group plc, Standard Chartered PLC

Previous roles: Group Chief Executive Officer and director – former GUS plc

Key skills and experience:
Many years’ experience as a successful board chairman, with this strength frequently mentioned during Board reviews. An in-depth knowledge of the Experian business due to his role in its inception and his time as Group Chief Executive Officer of GUS plc

Don Robert
Chief Executive Officer

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 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:
Has led Experian through a period of enormous change, beginning with listing as an independent company in October 2006. Brought many years’ experience in credit reporting businesses to his Experian roles

Chris Callero
President and Chief Operating Officer

Appointed: 1 April 2009

Other current roles: Advisory capacity – Paul Mirage School of Business, Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences. Board member – Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Member – University of California Chancellor’s Chief Executive Roundtable

Previous roles: Chief Executive Officer – Experian Americas. Various senior roles – Bank of America (27 years). Chief Operating Officer – Wink Communications

Key skills and experience:
Overall responsibility includes Experian business operations around the globe, and the development and management of growth initiatives to ensure the continued success of the business. Strong leadership skills, clear strategic vision and an in-depth knowledge of the business

Brian Cassin
Chief Financial Officer

Appointed: 30 April 2012

Other current roles: None

Previous roles: Managing Director – Greenhill & Co. Baring Brothers International. London Stock Exchange

Key skills and experience:
Twenty years’ experience in the corporate advisory sector, and very familiar with the Experian business having acted as a strategic advisor to former parent company, GUS plc, in the lead up to demerger in 2006. Previously acted as an advisor to Experian

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

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
Non-Executive Director

Appointed: 1 September 2012

Other current roles: 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:
George’s career has included high-level finance positions, including at board level with BAE Systems plc. Continues to hold non-executive positions with leading companies

Sir Alan Rudge
Deputy Chairman and Senior independent director

Appointed: 6 September 2006

Other current roles: Chairman – Experian plc Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee. President – The ERA Foundation Limited

Previous roles: Pro Chancellor – Surrey University. President – CELTEL International B.V. Non-executive director – S.E.S.A. AG. Special Advisor – General Atlantic Partners. Chairman – Board of Management of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, ERA Technology, WS Atkins. Deputy Chief Executive – BT. Non-executive director – former GUS plc. Past Chairman – Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Past President – Institution of Electrical Engineers

Key skills and experience:
Many years’ experience in general management and technology roles, giving a broad knowledge of operational issues. Sir Alan holds a PhD in electrical engineering and has a deep understanding of the Experian business and a wealth of experience as a member of other boards and as a chairman

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.