Chair of the Board

Penny Hughes CBE, 

Chair of the Board and Chair of the Board’s Nomination Committee

Ms. Hughes has served on the boards of directors of firms across consumer, media, technology and finance sectors. She presently serves as chair of The Gym Group PLC. She is also the chair of iQSA - a private venture between Goldman Sachs and the Wellcome Trust. From January 2010 to June 2018 she was a non-executive director of The Royal Bank of Scotland PLC where she was chair of the remuneration committee and the sustainable banking committee. Ms. Hughes was also a non-executive director of Superdry PLC (until 3 April 2019) and Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC (until 31 December 2015). Ms Hughes has experience as chairwoman of each board committee within former non-executive director roles which include The Body Shop PLC, Home Retail Group PLC, Gap Inc., Vodafone PLC, Reuters PLC, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB and Cable & Wireless Worldwide PLC. Ms. Hughes spent the majority of her executive career at Coca-Cola and was appointed President Coca-Cola Great Britain & Ireland in 1992. Having been President of the Advertising Association for 6 years, Ms. Hughes received a CBE for services to the media in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2011. Ms. Hughes holds a BSc (Hons) and an honorary LLD from the University of Sheffield.

Independent non-executive directors

Richard Solomons,

Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Board’s Audit and Risk Committee

Mr Solomons presently serves as Chairman of Rentokill Initial plc. Richard was Chief Executive of InterContinental Hotels Group plc from 2011 to 2017, and prior to that was Chief Financial Officer from IHG’s inception as a standalone public company from 2003 to 2011. During his time at IHG Richard also held various finance roles as well as Chief Operating Officer and Interim President of IHG’s Americas region. Richard was heavily involved in promoting the hospitality industry, including as a member of the Industry Real Estate Financing Advisory Council, a Governor of the Aviation and Travel Industry Group of the World Economic Forum and an executive committee member of the World Travel and Tourism Council. Prior to joining IHG, Richard worked in investment banking for seven years based in New York and London and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Richard has recently been appointed as a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Manchester and was a non-executive director of Marks & Spencer plc until July 2018. Richard holds a BA (Econ) from the University of Manchester.

Imelda Walsh,

Chair of the Board’s Remuneration Committee

Ms. Walsh is a non-executive director and chair of the Remuneration Committee at Mitchells and Butlers Plc and First Group Plc. She was also a member of the Board of William Hill until May 2018 and Mothercare Plc until October 2016, again as Chair of the Remuneration Committee. Previously Imelda was Group HR Director at J Sainsbury Plc and a member of the Operating Board until July 2010. She was also a Non-Executive Director of Sainsbury’s Bank and a Trustee Director of the charity Comic Relief. In 2008, Imelda led an independent review of the proposed extension of the right to request flexible working to parents of older children, on behalf of the Government. She was also one of five commissioners on The Workplace Retirement Income Commission, which published its recommendations on how to revitalise workplace retirement savings in August 2011. Imelda has held a number of senior HR roles, in Barclays, Coca Cola and Schweppes Beverages and Diageo. She has a degree in Modern History and Politics from the University of Manchester and a master’s degree in Industrial Relations from the London School of Economics.

Peter Espenhahn

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

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.

Professor Tensie Whelan

Professor Whelan is Clinical Professor of Business and Society and Executive Director of NYU Stern School of Business’s Center for Sustainable Business, where she brings 25 years of experience working to engage businesses in proactive and innovative mainstreaming of sustainability. As President of the Rainforest Alliance, she led the organisation’s substantial growth and established the Rainforest Alliance into an internationally recognised brand. Her previous work includes serving as Executive Director of the New York League of Conservation Voters, Vice President of the National Audubon Society, Managing Editor of Ambio, a journal of the Swedish Academy of Sciences, and as a journalist in Latin America. Tensie has been recognised by Ethisphere as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics and has served on non-profit boards and corporate advisory boards such as the Unilever Sustainable Sourcing Advisory Board and currently sits on the Globescan board, Inherent Group and Arabesque Advisory Boards and the Odebrecht Global Advisory Council. Tensie holds a B.A. from New York University, an M.A from American University, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Owner President Management Program.

Shareholder representatives

Amr Ali Abdallah AbouelSeoud

Mr. AbouelSeoud has been a director within the Group since March 2007. With over 20 years of experience in the investment industry, Mr. AbouelSeoud also currently holds board positions at Tejara Capital Limited, Tejara Capital Investment Bank, Manazel Real Estate Developments Company, Credit Rating & Collection Company and Grosvenor House Apartments Limited (UK). Mr. AbouelSeoud has worked at Coopers & Lybrand and Ernst & Young and has a Bachelor of Commerce and Accounting from Cairo University. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Mahmoud Samy Mohamed Ali El Sayed

Mr. Ali El Sayed has been a director within the Group since March 2007. He is the current Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chair of Adeem Investment and Wealth Management Company and serves as the Chair of the board at Manazel Development Company (K.S.C.C – Kuwait) and Grosvenor House Apartments Limited (UK) and is a director of Wethaq Takaful Insurance Egypt (S.A.E). Prior to this, Mr. Ali El Sayed was an Executive Vice-President of Investment and Risk Management at EFAD Holding (K.S.C.C) and had also worked in assurance services for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Kuwait and KPMG in Egypt. He holds a BS (Commerce) in accountancy from Cairo University and is a Certified Risk Analyst and a Certified Public Accountant.

Dante Razzano

Mr. Razzano has been director within the Group since April 2013. Mr. Razzano joined Investindustrial private equity in January 2004 following a 33-year investment banking career. From 1992 to 2003 he was a group director of Morgan Grenfell (later Deutsche Morgan Grenfell) and established both the investment banking business and private equity business in Italy. From 1986 to 1992 he was managing director and senior investment officer of Citibank NA in New York and CEO of Citicorp’s Italian merchant bank and at the same time responsible for their continental merger and acquisitions activity. From 1970 to 1986, he was a VP and Group Executive at Manufacturers Hanover Trust in New York (today JP Morgan).

Executive Directors

Dr Andrew Palmer CMG,

President and Group Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Palmer has been an Executive Director of the Group (as President and Group Chief Executive Officer) since October 2014 and is the architect of the “Second Century” mid-term growth plan currently being executed by the Company. He is a British-born chartered engineer, chartered manager and businessman with 40 years of experience in the automotive industry, after starting his professional career as a 16-year-old apprentice at Automotive Products Limited (UK).

Prior to joining Aston Martin Lagonda, Dr. Palmer held the position of Co-Chief Operating Officer & Chief Planning Officer at Nissan Motor Co. (Japan) and was a member of the Nissan Executive Committee. Dr. Palmer graduated from Warwick University (where he is now an Industrial Professor) with a Master’s Degree (MSc) in Product Engineering in 1990, an ADP from London Business School in 2002 and acquired a Doctorate (PhD) in Engineering Management from Cranfield University in 2004. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate (& Professorship) from Coventry University. Between Nissan and Automotive Products, Palmer was Chief Engineer for Transmissions at Austin Rover Group.

Dr. Palmer was named a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG) in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List, in recognition of services to the British automotive industry. He was also named a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2017. He serves as an Honorary Group Captain with the RAF and holds various academic positions at universities. He is a Non-Executive Director of Ashok Leyland. In 2012, Dr. Palmer was recognised by Auto Express as the most senior Briton in the global automotive industry and again in 2018 as the most influential person in the automotive industry over the past 30 years. 

Mark Wilson,

Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President

Mr. Wilson joined Aston Martin Lagonda in June 2015 and is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. With a strong track record of senior automotive experience already accrued with McLaren Automotive and Lotus Car Ltd, Mr. Wilson joined Aston Martin Lagonda from the renewable energy insurer, G-Cube Underwriting, where he held the position of Chief Financial and Operating Officer. Mr. Wilson holds a B.A. (Hons) in Combined Studies (Law and Management Science) from the University of Northampton and is a Chartered Management Accountant. Mr. Wilson reports directly to Dr. Palmer and is on the Executive Board.