Executive Chairman

Lawrence Stroll, 

Executive Chairman, Aston Martin Lagonda

Chairman of the Nomination Committee and Observer on the Remuneration Committee

Lawrence Stroll became Executive Chairman of Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings plc in April 2020 after leading the Yew Tree Consortium investment in the Company.

 

Mr. Stroll began his career over 30 years ago when his family acquired the Pierre Cardin children’s wear licence for Canada. Shortly thereafter, he acquired the licence for Polo Ralph Lauren children’s wear in Canada and launched Polo Ralph Lauren men’s, women’s and children’s apparel throughout Europe under the company Poloco S.A. In 1989, Mr. Stroll and Mr. Chou formed Sportswear Holdings Limited to acquire Tommy Hilfiger Corporation, where Mr. Stroll served on the board of directors from 1992 to 2002 and was the company’s Co-Chairman from 1998 to 2002. Sportswear Holdings Limited also acquired Pepe Jeans London Corporation in 1991, of which Mr. Stroll was Group Chief Executive Officer from 1993 through 1998. Mr. Stroll also served as the Co-Chairman of Hackett Ltd., a major men’s clothing retailer and a subsidiary of Pepe, from 2007 until 2012. In 2003, Sportswear Holdings Limited acquired a majority interest in Michael Kors Holdings Limited, where Mr. Stroll served as Co-Chairman from 2003 to 2011, when Mr. Stroll and Mr. Chou led Michael Kors’ successful IPO, and continued as a director until 2014.

 

Mr Stroll has been an active investor in the automotive and motorsport sectors, leading a consortium to acquire the BWT Racing Point F1™ team in 2018, which has been rebranded as the Aston Martin Cognizant F1™ team from 2021.

Independent non-executive directors

Peter Espenhahn

Independent Non-Executive Director. Member of the Audit and Risk, Remuneration and Nomination Committees
Mr. Espenhahn has long financial experience, having worked on audit, tax and investigations with Deloitte, Plender, Griffiths & Co and, from 1972 to 1998, in corporate finance with Morgan Grenfell & Co. Ltd and Deutsche Bank. He was subsequently a non-executive director and later chair of Telspec plc, a telecoms manufacturer, and chair of Bibendum Wine (Holdings) Ltd and Old Broad Street Research Ltd. Mr. Espenhahn has an MA in Economics and Law from the University of Cambridge.


Lord Matthew Carrington

Independent Non-Executive Director. Member of the Remuneration, Audit and Risk and Nomination Committees

Lord Carrington is a member of the House of Lords and non-executive director of the Arab British Chamber of Commerce and CarringtonCrisp Ltd. He has been a non-executive board member of various businesses and associations, including Gatehouse Bank plc, where he was also chairman of the board from 2015 to 2017. He has served as Chief Executive of the Retail Motor Industry Federation and Executive Chairman of the Outdoor Advertising Association. From 1993 to 1996, Lord Carrington was a member of the Treasury Select Committee, becoming Chairman in 1996, and served as Government Whip. Lord Carrington was also a manager at the Saudi International Bank in London, where he set up and ran the bank’s Islamic financing department. Lord Carrington holds a BSc in Physics from Imperial College London and a MSc in Economics from the London Business School.

 

Anne Stevens

Independent Non-Executive Director. Chair of the Remuneration Committee and Member of the Audit and Risk and Nomination Committees. Workforce INED

Anne Stevens joined the Board in February 2021. She is an engineer who started her career in the chemical industry before moving to automotive with Ford (1990-2006) where she led a number of core manufacturing operations before taking broader regional responsibilities. She joined the Board of GKN in 2016 and was briefly interim CEO (2018) during the hostile takeover by Melrose plc. Ms Stevens has held a number of non-executive positions with Lockheed Martin (2002-2017) and with Anglo American, since 2012, where she currently chairs the Remuneration Committee. Ms Stevens holds a BSc in Engineering from Drexel University.

 

Robin Freestone

Independent Non-Executive Director. Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and Member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees

Robin Freestone joined the Board in February 2021. He has held a number of executive finance roles in the industrial sector with ICI (1985-1995), Henkel Ltd (CFO 1995-2000) and Amersham International (2000-2004) as well as in publishing with Pearson (2004-2015), nine-years of which were as CFO. He has wide non-executive director experience encompassing medical devices, on-line services, and luxury fashion. Mr Freestone was Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Cable & Wireless (2015-2016). He joined the Board of Smith and Nephew plc in 2015, has been Chair of the Audit Committee and is currently their Senior Independent Director. Having previously been Chair of the Audit Committee of MoneySupermarket.com (2015-2019), he is currently Chair of the Board and their Nomination Committee. He joined the Board of Capri Holdings Ltd (previously Michael Kors Holdings Ltd) in 2016 and is currently their Audit Committee Chair. A qualified Chartered Accountant, Mr Freestone chairs the ICAEW’s Corporate Governance Committee and was previously Chair of ‘The 100 Group’ which represents the CFO’s of the FTSE 100. Mr Freestone holds a BA in Economics from the University of Manchester.

 

Richard Parry-Jones

Independent Non-Executive Director. Member of the Audit and Risk, Remuneration and Nomination Committees

Richard Parry-Jones joined the Board in February 2021. He has had a long and successful career at Ford Motor Co. (1969-2007) latterly responsible for product development worldwide, as well as design, research and vehicle technology. He oversaw a technical staff of 30 000 engineers, scientists and designers across the US, Europe, APAC and LATAM. Since 2008 he has held a number of non-executive positions, including chairing both Network Rail (2012-2015) and Yorkshire Water (2015-2016). He was a member of the Board of GKN (2008-2018) and Senior Independent Director for six years. Mr Parry-Jones is currently the Chairman of Marshall Motor Holdings plc. He holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Salford.

 

Antony Sheriff

Senior Independent Director. Member of the Audit and Risk, Remuneration and Nomination Committees

Antony Sheriff joined the Board in February 2021. He is an experienced automotive and luxury sector executive with a strong leadership track record at both Princess Yachts Limited (currently Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer) and McLaren Automotive Ltd. (where he served as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director from 2003 to 2013) where he created and built the sports car business. He previously held a number of executive positions at Fiat Auto S.p.A., from 1995 to 2003, and started his career at McKinsey & Company in 1988. Since 2014, Mr Sheriff has also held a number of non-executive and advisory positions with innovative start-ups in the automotive and aerospace businesses and is currently on the boards of Rivian Automotive Inc. and the renowned Italian design house, Pininfarina S.p.A., as well as serving as a board advisor to Rimac Automobili and Aeromobil. He holds a BS Engineering and BA Economics from Swarthmore College and a MS Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management.

Shareholder representatives

Michael de Picciotto

Non-Executive Director (Yew Tree Representative). Observer on the Audit and Risk Committee

Michael de Picciotto joined the Board as a representative non-executive director of the Yew Tree Consortium in April 2020. Michael de Picciotto is Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Engel & Volkërs AG, a Hamburg-based real estate group founded in 1977, a position he has held since March 2016, having been an important shareholder in the firm since 2014. Mr de Picciotto started his career at RBC Dominion Securities, a global investment bank, in 1982 where he held several roles in Paris and London and was co-head of the Capital Markets department from 1986 to 1988.He then joined Union Bancaire Privée (UBP), a family owned Swiss private bank in London and Geneva where he worked for 27 years until 2015. During that time, he held several senior leadership positions including being responsible for UBP’s global financial activities as well as treasury and trading and its London operations from 1990. Mr de Picciotto also served as a long-standing member of the Executive Board of Union Bancaire Privée and remains a shareholder in the bank. He studied at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales at the University of Lausanne.

 

Stephan Unger

Non-Executive Director (Mercedes-Benz AG Representative). Member of the Nomination Committee and Observer on the Audit and Risk and Remuneration Committees

Stephan Unger joined the Board in February 2021. He has held various positions in finance and control in his career to date. After starting his professional career with the Daimler Group in finance in 1993, from 2001-2004 he led the Controlling & Accounting division at Mitsubishi Motors Corporation in Japan (part of Daimler at that time). In 2004, he was appointed Commercial Director of Mercedes-AMG GmbH and in 2008, he was appointed Director of Corporate Controlling of the Daimler Group. Since 2012, Mr Unger has been Member of the Board of Management, responsible for Finance & Controlling and Risk Management of Daimler Mobility. In this role, he is also promoting the company’s transformation into an integrated, digitized financial services provider through strategic partnerships and investments in start-ups. Mr Unger holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Technical University of Berlin.

Executive Directors

Tobias Moers

Chief Executive Officer

Tobias Moers is Chief Executive Officer of Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings plc, having joined the Company in August 2020. Before joining Aston Martin, Mr Moers spent more than 25 years in senior roles at Daimler AG, the German-based global automotive OEM. He was Chairman of the Management Board and Chief Executive Officer of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, a position he held from October 2013. He was also acting Chief Technical Officer. He has an established a successful track record of implementing business transformation in a competitive environment. Mr Moers is an Industrial Engineer and earned his degree from the University of Applied Science, Offenburg.

 

Kenneth Gregor

Chief Financial Officer

Kenneth Gregor is Chief Financial Officer of Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings plc, having joined the Company in June 2020. Mr Gregor has over 20 years of automotive experience, most recently as Chief Financial Officer of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) for 11 years from 2008. Under his leadership, the finance group developed as a strong business partner to support the delivery of shareholder value and the company’s growth ambitions. Prior to his appointment as CFO, Mr. Gregor held a number financial control roles within JLR from 1997, before which he worked in investment banking for HSBC. Mr. Gregor holds a BSc (Hons) in Applied Mathematics from the University of St. Andrews and an MBA from Cranfield University.