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Ashmore Group Board of Directors
The Hon. Michael Benson
Michael was appointed to the Ashmore Group plc Board as Non-executive Chairman in July 2006. He is Chairman of the Company's Nominations Committee. Michael began his career in the City in 1963 and, after a series of senior positions in the investment management industry, was, from 2002 to March 2005, Chairman of Invesco and Vice Chairman of Amvescap plc. Prior to that he was CEO of Invesco Global (1997-2002). Michael is a Non-executive Director of Trinity Street Asset Management and is the director of the York Minster Fund.
Chief Executive Officer
Mark Coombs was appointed a Director on the incorporation of the Company in December 1998, and has served as its Chief Executive Officer since then. He held a number of positions at Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) and led Ashmore's buyout from ANZ in early 1999. He is Co-Chair of EMTA, the trade association for Emerging Markets, having been on the Board since 1993. Mark has an MA in Law from Cambridge University.
Group Finance Director
Tom Shippey was appointed to the Board as Group Finance Director in November 2013. He was previously Head of Corporate Development, in which capacity he was responsible for developing and implementing Ashmore’s corporate strategy. Prior to joining Ashmore in 2007, he worked for UBS Investment Bank, including advising on the Ashmore IPO in 2006. Tom qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1999 and has a BSc. in International Business and German from Aston University.
Senior Independent Non-executive Director
Nick Land was appointed to the Board as Senior Independent Non-executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee in July 2006. He is a qualified accountant and was a partner of Ernst & Young LLP from 1978 to 2006 and its Chairman from 1995 to 2006. Nick is a Non-executive Director of BBA Aviation plc, Alliance Boots GmbH and Vodafone Group plc and a trustee of the Vodafone Group Foundation. He is a Board member of the Financial Reporting Council.
Simon Fraser joined the Board in February 2012. Simon has extensive experience of the fund management industry, having worked at Fidelity International from 1981 to 2008. At Fidelity he held a number of positions during his career, including President, European & UK Institutional Business, Global Chief Investment Officer, Chief Investment Officer for Asia Pacific and Chief Investment Officer of the European Investment Group. He is Chairman of Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust plc and The Merchants Trust plc, and a Non-executive Director of Fidelity European Values Plc and Fidelity Japanese Values Plc. Simon was recently appointed as the first Chairman of the Investor Forum, which is being set up by the asset management industry.
Dame Anne Pringle DCMG
Dame Anne Pringle joined the Board in February 2013. Dame Anne graduated from St Andrews University with an MA in French and German. She has over 30 years' experience as a career diplomat with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, focusing in particular on the EU, Russia and Eastern Europe. Between 2001 to 2004, Dame Anne was the British Ambassador to the Czech Republic and from 2004 to 2007 Director of Strategy and Information at the FCO and a member of the FCO Board. From 2008-2011 she served as Ambassador to the Russian Federation. Dame Anne was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG) in the 2010 New Year Honours List. Anne is a Public Appointments assessor, the Government's Special Representative on Deportation with Assurances, a member of the Foreign Secretary's advisory Locarno Group and a Non-executive Director on the Court of St Andrew's University.
David Bennett was appointed to the Board in October 2014. He was a Director of Alliance and Leicester plc between 2001 and 2008 serving as Group Finance Director and the Group Chief Executive until its sale to Santander in 2008. He has also held a number of executive positions in Abbey National plc, Cheltenham & Gloucester plc, Lloyds TSB Group and the National Bank of New Zealand. David is currently non-executive Chairman of Homeserve Membership Ltd, and a non-executive director of Jerrold Holdings Limited, Bank of Ireland UK Limited and PayPal (Europe) SARL et Cie, S.C.A. He has also served as a non-executive director of easyJet plc between 2005 and 2014. David holds an MA in Economics from Cambridge University.
Peter Gibbs was appointed to the Board in April 2015. Peter has spent his entire career working in the financial services industry. He was Chief Investment Officer and Head of Region for the non-US investment management activities of Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, having spent his early career at Brown Shipley and Bankers Trust as a portfolio manager. Since then he has held a number of non-executive positions including UK Financial Investments plc (the body responsible for the UK government’s financial services investments), Evolution Group plc , Impax Asset Management Group plc and Friends Life Group Limited. He is currently a Non-executive Director of Aspect Capital Ltd, Intermediate Capital Group plc and the Bank of America Merrill Lynch (UK) Pension Plan Trustee Ltd.