Alastair Lyons appointed as non-executive Chairman of Serco
Date: 16 Mar 2010
The Board of Serco Group plc (Serco or the Company), the leading international service company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Alastair Lyons CBE as non-executive Chairman.
He joins the Board of Serco with immediate effect as a non-executive director, and will take up the chairmanship of the Company at the conclusion of Serco's Annual General Meeting on 11 May 2010. He will succeed Kevin Beeston who, as previously announced, will be retiring from the Company as non-executive Chairman and from Serco's Board at the Annual General Meeting.
His appointment follows a comprehensive search process led by senior independent director Baroness Margaret Ford.
Mr Lyons, 56, has a strong track record of leading boards and companies that have developed rapidly and internationally. In addition, he has a deep understanding of the UK public sector having served as a non-executive director of various government departments.
Since 2000, Mr Lyons has been non-executive Chairman of Admiral Group plc, the direct motor insurer. In 2008, he was appointed Deputy Chairman and senior independent director of Bovis Homes Group PLC, one of the UK's leading quoted house-builders.
Previously he was Chief Executive of the National Provident Institution and the National & Provincial Building Society, Managing Director of the Insurance Division of Abbey National plc, and Director of Corporate Projects at the National Westminster Bank plc.
In 2005, he stood down after three years as a non-executive director on the board of the UK Government's Department for Transport. Prior to this, he held similar non-executive roles at the Department for Work and Pensions and the Benefits Agency.
A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, he was awarded a CBE in 2001 for services to social security.
Kevin Beeston, Chairman, Serco Group plc, said: "I am delighted to welcome Alastair to the Serco Group board as a Director and as my successor as Chairman. He brings with him a strong commercial acumen and public service ethos and has a wealth of experience gained in fast-growing companies, supporting UK Government departments and leading boards."
Alastair Lyons said: "The Serco management team has a record of strong, sustained, profitable growth and ensuring excellent service delivery for the Group's customers. Serco is an innovative business with significant potential for further growth. I am looking forward to working with Chris Hyman and his team as they continue to develop the Group in the UK and internationally."
Christopher Hyman, Chief Executive, Serco Group plc, added: ""The Board and I are very grateful for Kevin's significant contribution over the last 25 years and we wish him well. I am delighted that Alastair will be our new Chairman. With his broad experience in growth businesses, his deep knowledge of the workings of the public sector as well as his significant experience in managing and developing Boards in both sectors, I am sure he will be a tremendous addition to the team as we continue to expand."
Mr Lyons will chair the Nominations committee.
In accordance with the Listing Rules, there are no additional matters that would require disclosure under LR 9.6.13 R (1) to (6) in relation to this appointment.
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