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Chairman of the Board, elected in 2007
IndependenceIndependent in relation to the company and its management as well as in relation to the company's major shareholders.
Ownership22,078 B shares, including related natural and legal persons.
Committee workMember of the Audit Committe and member of the Remuneration Committee.
Mike Parton is Chairman of Arqiva (since 2015), a UK based telecoms and broadcast infrastructure company. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Furthermore, he is a member of the Advisory Board of a UK charity called Youth at Risk.
He was CEO and Chairman of Damovo Group Ltd, an international IT company (between 2007 and 2014) and CEO of Marconi plc (between 2001 and 2006).
Trained as Chartered Management Accountant.
Non-Executive Director, elected in 2013
Independent in relation to the company, the company's management and in relation to the company's major shareholders.
1,687 B Shares
Chairman of the Audit Committee.
Carla Smits-Nusteling is a Non-Executive Director at ASML (since 2013). She is also a member of the management board of the Foundation Unilever NV Trust Office (since 2015) and she is Lay judge of the Enterprise Court of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal (since 2015).
She has over 10 years' experience from Koninklijke KPN N.V., and was KPN's Chief Financial Officer (between 2009 and 2012). She joined KPN in 2000 and held various financial positions, whereof three years as Director of Corporate Control. Between 1990 and 2000, she worked at TNT Post Group N.V., an international express and mail delivery service, and held various managerial positions before her appointment as Regional Director in 1999.
M.Sc. Business Economics from Erasmus University, Rotterdam.
Non-Executive Director, elected in 2014
Member of the Audit Committee.
Irina Hemmers is a partner at Eight Roads, the proprietary investing arm of FIL, Fidelity International, and leads Principal Investing, a permanent capital fund focused on acquiring and investing in innovative long-term growth businesses.
She was Non-Executive Director of Trader Corporation, Trader Media Group and Top Right Group (until 2013), of Hit Entertainment (until 2012), Incisive Media/American Lawyer Media (until 2009) and SULO Group (until 2007). Previously, she was a Partner with private equity firm Apax Partners (between 2001 and 2013). During her 12 years with Apax Partners, she worked in Munich, Hong Kong and London. She began her career at McKinsey & Company in Vienna 1996.
M.Sc. in International Business and Economic Studies from University of Innsbruck, Austria, and an MPA from John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA.
Independent of the company and management but not independent in relation to the company’s major shareholders.
Chairman of the Remuneration Committee.
Lorenzo Grabau is CEO of Investment AB Kinnevik since 2014. He is also Chairman of Global Fashion Group SA (since 2015), deputy Chairman of Zalando SE (since 2013), as well as Non-Executive Director of Millicom International Cellular S.A. (since 2013), of Rocket Internet SE (since 2014) and of Qliro Group AB (since 2014).
From 2011 to 2015 he served for different periods of time as Chairman of Avito AB and as Non-Executive Director of Investment AB Kinnevik, Modern Times Group MTG AB, CTC Media, Inc. and Softkinetic BV. He was a Partner and Managing Director at Goldman Sachs International in London (until 2011). He joined the Investment Banking division of Goldman Sachs in 1994 and during his 17 years at the firm held various leadership positions within the Consumer/Retail and Media/Online industry practices, and the Financial Sponsors Group. He began his career in Investment Banking in 1990 when he joined Merrill Lynch, where he remained for five years working in the Mergers & Acquisitions department in London and New York.
Dottore in Economia e Commercio, Università degli Studi di Roma, La Sapienza, Italy.
Non-Executive Director, elected in 2015
Irish and British citizen
No committee work.
Eamonn O'Hare is Founder, Chairman and CEO of Zegona Communications, an investment company focusing on the European media and telecommunications sector. He is also a Non-Executive Board Director of Dialog Semiconductor (since 2014), a leading consumer technology supplier to the world's largest mobile device brands.
He was Chief Financial Officer and Board Director of Virgin Media from 2009 up until its sale to Liberty Global in 2013. Between 2005 and 2009, he served as the UK Chief Financial Officer of Tesco, one of the world's largest retailers. Before that he served as Chief Financial Officer and Board Director of Energies Communications and prior to that he spent ten years at PepsiCo in a series of executive roles in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
B.Sc. Aeronautical Engineering, from Queen's University, Belfast, and MBA from London Business School.
Non-Executive Director, elected in 2016
Independent in relation to the company and its management as well as in relation to the company's major shareholders.
Sofia Arhall Bergendorff is Director of Global Operations, Partnerships at Google in New York since 2015. Sofia joined Google in 2011 as Sales Operations Manager, Nordics, and relocated to New York in 2013 to assume the position of Head of Americas Strategy and Operations, Partnerships.
During 2009-2011, Sofia was an independent management consultant, prior to which she spent five years at Copenhagen Consulting Company (now Quartz+Co) as a Partner.
Sofia holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Oregon and an MBA from INSEAD.
Member of the Audit Committee and member of the Remuneration Committee.
Georgi Ganev is Chief Executive Officer of Dustin Group since 2012.
Prior to joining Dustin, Georgi spent six years with the Telenor Group, first as Chief Executive Officer of Bredbandsbolaget and later as Chief Marketing Officer of Telenor Sweden. Between 2002 and 2007, Georgi worked at Tele2, first within Product Management during 2002-2005, and later as Sales and Marketing Director of Tele2’s card payments processing service company 3C International up until the company’s sale to Telekurs in 2007.
Georgi holds an MSc in Engineering from Uppsala University.
Independent in relation to the company and its management, not independent in relation to the company's major shareholders.
Cynthia Gordon is Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the Africa Division at Millicom International Cellular.
Cynthia joined Millicom from the Qatar-based international telecommunications company Ooredoo in 2015. Prior to joining Ooredoo in 2012, Cynthia was Vice President, Business Marketing at Orange 2001-2006 and Chief Commercial Officer at MTS between 2007 and 2009 before returning to Orange as Vice President of Partnerships & Emerging Markets during 2009-2012.
Cynthia holds a BA in Business Studies from Brighton University.