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

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, and was their Senior Independent Director before stepping off the Board at the end of September 2022. 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.

 

Natalie Massenet

Independent Non-Executive Director and Member of the Remuneration Committee

Natalie Massenet is Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Imaginary Ventures, a capital firm focusing on innovations at the intersection of retail and technology. Imaginary Ventures invests in best-in-class brands, platforms and entrepreneurs that are actively changing how a new generation of consumers live, eat and shop. Natalie revolutionised luxury retail when she founded NET-A-PORTER in 1999 and subsequently, The Outnet and Mr Porter growing the group of brands into one of the world’s most influential fashion businesses operating across retail, media and publishing platforms and in the process shaping an extraordinary experience for the global luxury fashion consumer.

 

Natalie began her career as a journalist and fashion editor, working at WWD (Women’s Wear Daily) and Tatler before setting up Net-A-Porter. In 2016 she was made Dame Commander of the British Empire in recognition of her contributions to the UK fashion and retail industry. Natalie was also named as one of the 100 most influential people by TIME magazine.

 

Marigay McKee

Independent Non-Executive Director and Member of the Sustainability Committee

Marigay McKee is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Fernbrook Capital Management LLC. Fernbrook invests globally in revenue-stage digitally-native brands and enterprise services, tools and software that power the consumer industry. Fernbrook is a female-led venture firm, with a diverse and inclusive group of portfolio company founders and management teams.

 

Marigay launched her career at Estée Lauder in Europe, subsequently joining Harrods as head of its beauty department. In her 14 years at Harrods, she spent the last six as Chief Merchant Officer. She developed and executed a strategic vision to make Harrods the gold standard for the exclusive launch of luxury and premium brands. Marigay was responsible for spotting the emerging brands, concepts, trends, and services that could challenge larger, more well-established brands. In 2013, Marigay was recruited to become the President of Saks Fifth Avenue. Through initiating a new branding, marketing and packaging strategy, and rebuilding Saks’ luxury launch platform for new and emerging and international brands entering the US market significant growth was delivered.

 

In 2015, Marigay formed a consultancy firm (MM Luxe Consulting) to deliver strategic retail advisory services for clients, including Related, Blackstone, Edens, and Value Retail. Marigay is currently also on the advisory council of EShopWorld, and the boards of both The Webster and The Shed.

 

Antony Sheriff

Senior Independent Director. Member of the Audit and Risk, Remuneration, Nomination and Sustainability 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 board of the renowned Italian design house, Pininfarina S.p.A., as well as serving as a board advisor to Rivian Automotive, 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.

 

Anne Stevens

Independent Non-Executive Director. Chair of the Remuneration Committee and the Sustainability 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.

 

Nigel Boardman

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

Sir Nigel Boardman joined the Board in October 2022. Sir Nigel was partner at the law firm, Slaughter and May from 1982 until 2019 and then a consultant at the firm until early 2022. Sir Nigel specialised in mergers and acquisitions and corporate advisory and also practiced sports law and art law. During his time as partner at Slaughter and May, Sir Nigel headed the corporate practice, the African practice and the Art Law practice. Sir Nigel was awarded a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2022 for services to the legal profession. Sir Nigel is Chair of Arbuthnot Latham, a regulated bank and a Non-executive Director of its AIM listed holding company, Arbuthnot Banking Group. Sir Nigel is as non-executive Director of Mile Group Unlimited and Glyde Group Unlimited which control ABP Food Group, Blackrock Health Group and certain property interests. Sir Nigel is Chair of Help for Heroes, a military veterans charity, is Trustee and Chair designate of the The Medical College of Saint Bartholomew’s Hospital Trust, a charity funding medical research and is Trustee Emeritus and member of the audit committee for the British Museum. Sir Nigel was previously a Non-executive board member of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and chaired its audit committee.

 

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.

 

Franz Reiner

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

Franz Reiner has been the CEO of Daimler Mobility AG since June 1, 2019. The company finances and leases every second vehicle delivered by Daimler. Under his management, Daimler Mobility has established itself viable for the future with its three core activities financial services, fleet management, and digital mobility solutions. As CEO of Daimler Mobility, Franz is leading the company into a future of flexible and sustainable mobility concepts as well as innovative and digital financing solutions of tomorrow.

 

Since joining Mercedes-Benz in 1992, the industrial engineer has held various positions, including Head of Sales & Marketing and Member of the Management Board for the private and corporate customer business of Mercedes-Benz Bank. In 2009, Franz was appointed to the Management Board of Daimler Mobility – initially responsible for the North and South America region, and from 2011 for the region Europe.

 

Ahmed Al-Subaey

Non-Executive Director (Public Investment Fund Representative)

Ahmed Al-Subaey joined the Board as representative non-executive director of the Public Investment Fund in November 2022. Mr Al-Subaey is Chief Executive Officer of Bahri, the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia, which is listed on the Saudi Stock Exchange. Mr Al-Subaey was previously the CEO of S-Oil in South Korea and has held various leading roles in Saudi Aramco, most recently Vice President for Marketing, Sales and Supply Planning. Mr Al-Subaey holds a BSC and Masters degree in electrical engineering from the University of Arizona and an executive MBA from Stanford University.

 

Scott Robertson

Non-Executive Director (Public Investment Fund Representative). Member of the Nomination Committee and Observer on the Audit and Risk and Remuneration Committees

'Scott Robertson is a Senior Director and the Head of Public Investments in the International Investments Division at the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Prior to joining the Public Investment Fund in 2018, Mr. Robertson worked in various investment positions at Soros Fund Management, Paulson & Co. and Stonepeak Partners. Mr. Robertson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Cornell University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

Executive Directors

Amedeo Felisa

Chief Executive Officer

Mr Amedeo Felisa joined Aston Martin Lagonda in May 2022 as Chief Executive Officer, having previously served as a non-Executive Director of AML, Felisa is appointed an Executive Director of Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings plc.

Felisa has spent his entire career in automotive and engineering with over 26 years in leadership roles at Ferrari, including eight as CEO, guiding the Italian-based global luxury automotive OEM through its turnaround and growth phase as the engineering and product-development force behind every new model.

Felisa holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Milan Politecnico University.

 

Doug Lafferty

Chief Financial Officer

Mr Doug Lafferty is Chief Financial Officer at Aston Martin Lagonda, having joined the Company in May 2022.

Prior to joining Aston Martin, Lafferty was the Chief Financial Officer of FTSE 250-listed fuel retailer Vivo Energy plc. He previously spent three years as Chief Financial Officer for Williams Grand Prix Holdings plc and 16 years in a wide range of senior finance and leadership roles at British American Tobacco.

Lafferty is a member of CIMA and holds a BSc Hons in Management Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London.