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Board of Directors & Officers

* Non-Executive Director

Stewart Gilliland *

Interim Executive Chairman

Stewart Gilliland was appointed a director of the Company in April 2012 and Chairman in July 2018 and is also Chairman of the Nomination Committee. He was appointed as a non-executive Director of the Company in April 2012. From 2006 to 2010 he was Chief Executive Officer of Müller Dairy (UK) Ltd. Prior to that, he held positions at Whitbread Beer Company and at Interbrew SA in markets including the UK, Ireland, Europe and Canada. He is currently Chairman of Curious Drinks Limited, a non-executive Director and member of the Audit Committee and Nomination Committee at Tesco plc and a non-executive Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee at Natures Way Foods Limited. He is a former non-executive Director of Booker Group plc, Mitchells & Butlers plc, Sutton & East Surrey Water plc, Vianet Group plc and Tulip Limited.

Jonathan Solesbury

Group Chief Financial Officer

Jonathan Solesbury was appointed Group Chief Financial Officer in November 2017. A former SABMiller plc Director of Group Finance, Jonathan held a number of senior roles during his 22 year tenure with the global drinks company. He oversaw the acquisition and subsequent integration of SABMiller’s Colombian business and transformation programme in Latin America and served as an executive Director on many boards across multiple jurisdictions and as Chief Financial Officer for the Latin American and Asian regions. He has extensive international and emerging market experience and played a prominent role in building SABMiller plc into one of the world’s largest and most successful beverage companies.

Andrea Pozzi

Group Chief Operating Officer

Andrea Pozzi is the Group’s Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for the Group’s manufacturing, logistics, procurement and IT functions as well as leading the Group’s businesses in Great Britain. He joined C&C in 2010 and has had a number of roles within the Group, including Group Manufacturing Director and Managing Director International (EMEA). Before joining C&C, Andrea held various management positions with the Carlsberg Group, Brasseries Kronenbourg and Masterfoods.

Jill Caseberry *

Jill Caseberry was appointed a non-executive director of the Company in February 2019 and a member of the Remuneration Committee in March 2019. Jill has extensive sales, marketing and general management experience across a number of blue chip companies including Mars, PepsiCo and Premier Foods. Jill is a non-executive director, Chair of the Remuneration Committee and member of the Audit and Nomination Committee at Bellway plc, a non-executive director and member of the Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees of St. Austell Brewery Company Limited and additionally a non-executive director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee of Halfords Group plc. Jill brings considerable experience of brand management and marketing to the Board.

Jim Clerkin *

Jim Clerkin was appointed as a non-executive Director of the Company in April 2017. Jim has over 30 years’ experience in the beer, wine and spirits industries and is the President and Chief Executive of Moët Hennessy North America. Jim joined Moët Hennessy in 2008 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer USA. Prior to joining Moët Hennessy, Jim held roles in Guinness and Diageo, including terms as Managing Director of Gilbeys of Ireland, President of Diageo North America’s Western Division, and President of Allied Domecq North America. Jim’s career began in Ireland where he progressed through the ranks at Guinness to become Executive Sales Director and a member of the Board of Directors. Jim brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the global drinks industry to the Board.

Vincent Crowley *

Vincent Crowley was appointed as a non-executive Director of the Company in January 2016 and is a member of the Audit Committee and the Remuneration Committee. He was previously both Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer of Independent News and Media plc, a leading media company which, during his tenure, had operations and investments in Australia, India, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK. He also served as Chief Executive Officer and subsequently as a non-executive Director of APN News & Media, a media company listed in Australia and New Zealand. He initially worked with KPMG in Ireland. He is currently Chairman of Altas Investments plc, Chairman of Newsbrands Ireland and a non-executive Director of Grafton Group plc and Inner City Enterprise. Vincent brings considerable domestic and international business experience across a number of sectors to the Board.

Emer Finnan *

Emer Finnan was appointed as a non-executive Director of the Company in May 2014 and is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee. She is a Partner and Senior Managing Director of Kildare Partners, a private equity firm based in London and Dublin, where she is responsible for investment origination. After qualifying as a chartered accountant with KPMG, she worked in investment banking at Citibank and ABN AMRO in London and then NCB Stockbrokers in Dublin. In 2005 she joined EBS Building Society in Ireland, becoming its Finance Director in early 2010. In September 2012, Ms Finnan re-joined NCB Stockbrokers to lead a financial services team in Ireland. She joined Kildare Partners in 2013. She brings considerable financial expertise to the Board.

Helen Pitcher OBE *

Helen Pitcher was appointed a non-executive director of the Company in February 2019 and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee in March 2019. Helen is currently Chair of the Advisory Board and Chair of the Remuneration Committee of Pladis Global, a non-executive director of a subsidiary, United Biscuits, Chair of leading board effectiveness consultancy Advanced Boardroom Excellence Ltd, Chair of the UK Criminal Cases Review Commission and President of KidsOut, a national UK charity for disadvantaged children. She is a board member of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personal Development) which promotes better work and working lives, and is President of the INSEAD Global Directors Network.  In 2015 Helen Pitcher was awarded an OBE for services to business. Helen bring a wealth of experience and knowledge of governance and board effectiveness in a variety of sectors, including the drinks industry, to the Board.

Jim Thompson *

Jim Thompson was appointed a non-executive Director of the Company and a member of the Audit Committee in March 2019. Jim is currently Managing Principal at Kingfisher Single Family Office and serves on the board of Directors of Millicom International Cellular SA. He has been a Guest Lecturer at the MBA Programmes at the University of Virginia, Columbia University and George Washington University. He holds an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia where he received the Faculty Award for academic excellence. He has previously worked at Southeastern Asset Management, Mackenzie Cundill and Bryant Asset Management. Jim bring substantial international investment management experience to the Company.


Mark Chilton

Company Secretary & Group General Counsel

Mark Chilton joined the Group in January 2019 as Company Secretary and Group General Counsel. Mark was Company Secretary and General Counsel of Booker Group plc from 2006 until 2018. Mark qualified as a solicitor in 1987.

* Non-Executive Director

Audit Committee

Emer Finnan (Chairman)

Vincent Crowley

Jim Thompson

Nomination Committee

Stewart Gilliland (Chairman)

Emer Finnan

Vincent Crowley

Helen Pitcher

Remuneration Committee

Helen Pitcher (Chairman)

Jill Caseberry

Jim Clerkin

Senior Independent Director

Vincent Crowley