Completion of board appointment process
National Express Group is pleased to announce today the appointment of two new independent non-executive directors with significant international experience, which completes the process set out in our 2010 Annual Report and referred to ahead of our recent AGM.
Both directors were identified by the search process initiated by the Board in February and have been through a rigorous selection procedure.
Elliott (Lee) Sander is Group Chief Executive for AECOM's global transportation business. An American citizen, he was from 2007 to 2009 Executive Director and CEO for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority and has also served as Commissioner for the New York City Department of Transportation. Lee is the founder of the Rudin Centre for Transportation Policy and Management at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service where he was an associate professor. He is also Chairman of the Regional Plan Association. Lee has played an active role on the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Finance Commission, having been appointed by the United States Congress in 2006.
Joaquín Ayuso is board Vice Chairman for Ferrovial, S.A., the €12 billion Spanish transport infrastructure and services group that employs over 70,000 people world-wide. He has been with Ferrovial since 1981 and was appointed CEO in 2002 and held that position until October 2009. During this period Ferrovial expanded internationally with business interests in USA, Canada, Latin America and Europe, and particularly in the U.K. He has been a board member of several companies including Cintra, BAA, Budimex (Poland) and the 407 (Canada) among others. He is a member of the Board of the Círculo de Empresarios in Spain, and the Advisory Board of the Franklin Institute (UAH, Madrid) and has been awarded the Medal of Honour by the Madrid Institute of Civil Engineers.
John Devaney, Chairman, said:
"I am delighted to welcome both Lee Sander and Joaquin Ayuso to our board. Both are seasoned and experienced executives. They bring depth and breadth to our board based on their transport knowledge in America and in Continental Europe respectively. Alongside Chris Muntwyler who joined in May, they bring strong general management experience from an international perspective and this will add value to our strategic thinking long-term".
Notes to Editors
This completes the process set out by John Devaney, Chairman, in our 2010 Annual Report and Accounts: "During 2011 we will be revisiting the appropriate balance of skills, expertise, experience and knowledge required by the Company in order to ensure that the composition of the Board continues to meet those needs and to ensure that appropriate succession planning is in place for executive board positions."
These two new independent non-executive directors follow the recent appointment of Chris Muntwyler who started on 11th May 2011. This was announced on the 10th May 2011.
Both non-executive directors were appointed through an Appointment Committee-led process, using external executive search firms. Their appointments both commence with immediate effect.
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