– IRELAND, Dublin / UK, London – Aer Lingus Group plc announces today, 11 November 2013, the appointment of Mr. John Hartnett, Mr Nigel Northridge and Mr. Nicolas Villen to the Board as independent, Non-Executive Directors of the Company with effect from 1 January 2014 and the retirements of Ms. Danuta Gray and Mr. Thomas Moran as directors effective 31 December 2013 following expiry of their terms of appointment. These changes form part of Aer Lingus’ ongoing programme of Board refreshment and renewal and commitment to corporate governance best-practice.
About John Hartnett
Mr. Hartnett is a senior technology executive & investor based in Silicon Valley, California and a native of Limerick, Ireland. Mr. Hartnett is founder & CEO of SVG Partners LLC, a Silicon Valley investment & advisory firm. He is also founder and president of the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG), a network of global Irish technology leaders whose main focus is to foster the links between Ireland and Silicon Valley in the areas of Innovation, Investment, Education & Entrepreneurship. He currently serves on the board of University of Limerick Foundation and also serves as Executive Chairman of Daybreak Information Technologies, Chairman of Sisaf Ltd and director of Mcor Technologies. He served on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Northern Ireland Working Committee 2009 – 2011. He is a member the Irish Government’s Global Irish Network advisory group and the Global Irish Economic Forum. Mr. Hartnett has over 25 years of executive level experience leading global sales, marketing, and operations. Previously he was Chief Executive Officer at G24 Innovations, a leading thin film solar company. He held the position of Senior Vice President of Global Markets at Palm, Inc., (Nasdaq: PALM), where he was responsible for worldwide sales, service and support. At Metacreations, (Nasdaq: MCRE), he was Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing & Operations. He has also held senior management positions at Claris/Apple, Teradata, Digital Equipment (DEC) and Wang computers.
About Nigel Northridge
Mr. Northridge is from Belfast. He started his career with Gallaher Limited and worked for Gallaher Group from 1976 to 2007 where he was promoted to Group CEO in 2000. Mr. Northridge also spent a year with Japan Tobacco International in 2007-2008 to help ensure the successful integration of Gallaher following its acquisition. He is Non-Executive Chairman at Paddy Power, where he joined the Board in 2003 and served as Senior Independent Director as well as Chair of the Remuneration Committee prior to assuming the role of Chairman. He is currently Chairman of Debenhams, the retailer, a role he assumed in 2010 and is also a Non Executive Director of Inchcape, the automotive retailer. Mr. Northridge was a Non-Executive member of the Board of Aggreko from 2002 to 2010 where he was Chair of the Remuneration Committee and served as Senior Independent Director from 2005 to 2010. Between 2008 and 2010 he was a Non-Executive Director of Thomas Cook Group.
About Nicolas Villen
Mr. Villen is a former Chief Executive Officer of Ferrovial Aeropuertos, the Airport Division of Ferrovial which included all BAA Limited (“BAA”) airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Edimburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Southampton and Naples). Prior to that, Mr. Villen was Chief Financial Officer of Ferrovial from 1993 to 2009. During his tenure at Ferrovial, he held numerous international board positions, including at BAA, now Heathrow Airport Holdings from the time of Ferrovial´s acquisition of BAA in 2006. He was also a member of the Audit Committee, the Health, Safety and Environment Committee, and Chair of the Remuneration Committee at BAA. He is also a Senior Adviser to IFM Investor´s (an Australian Fund Management Company) Global Infrastructure Fund and an Industry Adviser to Advent International. He began his career in the USA with Corning Glass, later holding positions in finance and marketing in Abbott Laboratories and Smithkline Beecham in Spain where he was Chief Executive Officer. Before joining Ferrovial he was CEO of private equity firm Midland Montagu in Spain. Mr. Villen holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Madrid University, a MSc from the University of Florida and a MBA from Columbia University. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and a Samuel Bronfman Fellowship. Mr. Villen lives in Madrid.
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