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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

John Leach

2017 Non-Executive Independent Chairman of the Board

Simon Breakwell

54 2017 Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director

Mark Strickland

2019 Interim Chief Financial Officer

Edmund King

2008 AA President

Ollie Holden

2017 Chief Information Officer

Nadia Hoosen

2018 Group General Counsel and Company Secretary

Janet Connor

2018 Managing Director - Insurance

Gareth Kirkwood

2017 Managing Director - Roadside Services

James Frost

2018 Chief Innovation Officer

Linda Kennedy

2019 Chief People Officer

Steve Barber

2018 Non-Executive Independent Director

Andrew Blowers

2017 Senior Non-Executive Independent Director

Mark Brooker

2018 Non-Executive Independent Director

Cathryn Riley

57 2018 Non-Executive Independent Director

Suzi Williams

2015 Non-Executive Independent Director

Zeeshan Maqbool

2018 IR Contact Officer

Biographies

Name Description

John Leach

Mr. John Leach is Non-Executive Independent Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr. John joined the AA as an independent NED in June 2014 and became Senior Independent Director (SID) on 13 November 2014. He was independent when promoted to Chairman on 1 August 2017. As Chairman, John provides leadership of the Board and promotes a culture of openness and debate. As Chairman, he upholds the highest standards of corporate governance and meets regularly with the NEDs and Company Secretary to discuss governance matters. John is also a member of the Nomination Committee. John has served on public company boards as either Chairman, CEO or CFO for the past 37 years. He began his career as an Articled Clerk and subsequently as a Partner in a firm of chartered accountants. He has considerable experience in turnaround situations in the industrial and service sectors sitting on, among others, Brent Walker (including William Hill and Pubmaster), Myson Group and Luminar. Most recently, John was CEO of Hermes UK Focus Funds and a member of Dometic AB. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Simon Breakwell

Mr. Simon J. Breakwell serves as Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director of the Company. Mr. Simon joined the AA in September 2014 as a NED. He was appointed Interim CEO on 1 August 2017 and then CEO on 25 September 2017. As CEO, Simon has responsibility for driving and implementing the strategy approved by the Board and has oversight of governance matters. Simon brings significant digital and travel experience to the role. He was a Founder of Expedia, a start-up within Microsoft, and ran the North American Operations. As President of Expedia International Inc. Simon started up and led the growth of the business in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa regions, including both the Hotels.com and Expedia brands. He joined Expedia as a main Board Director in 1996 and served for ten years. More recently, Simon was responsible for establishing the European operations for Uber. He has been Chairman or Non-Executive Director of various companies, among them, Expedia Inc., HomeAway Inc., OneFineStay, Believe Digital and Tiqets BV. Simon is currently a Venture Partner at TCV, one of the leading global mid cap funds.

Mark Strickland

Mr. Mark Strickland is Interim Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Mark Strickland, who joined the AA in 2016 and played a lead role in the day-to-day running of the AA's finance function, has been appointed interim CFO, effective 30th April 2019. The interim role is not a Board position.

Edmund King

Mr. Edmund King is AA President of the Company. Edmund is responsible for public affairs, public relations, campaigns and the AA Charitable Trust. Edmund has a background in research, media, civil service, commerce and extensive transport campaigns. He has worked in the wine trade in Burgundy and for a radio station in Los Angeles. He has written several reports on transport and often appears as a transport commentator on radio and television. He is also a Visiting Professor of Transport at Newcastle University. He tweets under @AApresident. Edmund was awarded an OBE for services to road safety in 2016 and was runner-up in the 2017 Wolfson Economics Prize with ‘Road Miles’.

Ollie Holden

Mr. Ollie Holden serves as Chief Information Officer of the Company. Ollie is accountable for defining and implementing the IT strategy for the Group, shaping the digital transformation and providing robust IT services to customers and employees. Ollie is also responsible for Information Security. Ollie has highly relevant experience leading change with more than 20 years’ IT and transformation experience. As a senior manager within Accenture, he led a number of IT transformation programmes for financial services clients. He has also held IT and change leadership positions at LV= and TalkTalk, and has advised numerous companies on the improvement of their IT and change capabilities.

Nadia Hoosen

Ms. Nadia Hoosen serves as Group General Counsel and Company Secretary of the Company. The Company Secretary is responsible for advising on corporate governance matters, working closely with the Chairman, SID and Board of Directors. Nadia attends all PLC Board and Committee meetings and leads all of the legal and regulatory aspects of the AA’s business and transactions. She also has oversight of the data and privacy compliance function. As a qualified solicitor, Nadia has 17 years of legal and regulatory expertise, and spent the majority of her legal career in house within regulated consumer facing, technology, media and telecommunications environments at FTSE 250 companies. Nadia was previously Group Legal Director & Deputy Company Secretary at TalkTalk Telecom Group plc. She also held positions at The Carphone Warehouse Group plc prior to its merger with Dixons Retail plc.

Janet Connor

Ms. Janet Connor serves as Managing Director - Insurance of the Company. In March 2018, As the CEO of AAISL, Janet has accountability for the AA’s Broking Operation. Janet is a chartered director, Fellow of the Institute of Directors and Fellow of the CIPD. She has pursued a successful career in consumer financial services across retail banking and insurance. Prior to joining the AA, Janet held Managing Director roles in general insurance and latterly she was managing director of RSA plc’s brand, More Than. Previous to this, Janet ran Ageas-owned over-50s insurer RIAS from 2006 to 2011. Janet is a NED of Vanquis Bank, part of the Provident Financial Group.

Gareth Kirkwood

Mr. Gareth Kirkwood serves as Managing Director - Roadside Services of the Company. Gareth is responsible for leading the Roadside Services business in the Group, which covers all new business sales and retention for Personal Membership and Business Services customers, all customer contact centre operations for the Roadside business, and the AA’s 3,000 patrols. Gareth spent over 20 years at British Airways, including ten years in procurement, four years as Managing Director of one of BA’s Regional Airlines, six years as Managing Director of BA’s World Cargo division, and two years as Director of Operations. Since leaving British Airways in 2008, Gareth has worked as Chief Operating Officer of Daisy Group, the UK’s largest reseller of unified communications, and as the Chief Operating Officer of Global Navigation Solutions, the world’s largest distributor of charts and publications to commercial shipping. Most recently, Gareth led a successful transformation programme in Europe for HomeAway, a division of Expedia.

James Frost

Mr. James Frost serves as Chief Innovation Officer of the Company. James is responsible for Product Development and Innovation, Marketing and Brand Development, External Communication and Campaigning, Business Transformation and Digital Development for the AA. James has considerable experience in marketing and product development across a variety of well known organisations. Prior to joining the AA, James was Chief Marketing & Commercial Officer for the UK division of Worldpay Inc, a global leader in payment technology. James has also worked in senior roles at the Nectar loyalty programme and, for much of his formative career, at Unilever plc. James was elected as a Fellow of the Marketing Society in 2015

Linda Kennedy

Ms. Linda Kennedy serves as Chief People Officer Of the Company. Linda is responsible for the development and execution of the People Strategy to support the business and delivering the People agenda for the Group. Key areas of focus are ensuring that the business has the right talent to deliver its strategic objectives, assessing and monitoring culture and ensuring the appropriate levels of capability and experience are effectively deployed across the organisation. Linda is a key attendee on both the AAISL and AA plc Remuneration Committees . Linda has over 30 years’ HR experience working at the senior level in both national and international organisations. Prior to joining the AA, Linda was Group HR Director for SIG, a FTSE 250 company, for four and a half years. Previously, Linda has held senior HR Director and Change roles with Yell, EE, Serco, Williams Lea, Amey, Brambles Group and BHP Billiton. She is a Master of the Institute of Linguists, speaking French, German and Spanish, and a Fellow of the CIPD.

Steve Barber

Mr. Steve Barber has been appointed Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company, with effect from 11 June 2018. As a NED, Steve provides objective insight and critical debate to Board discussions on strategic, financial and governance matters and brings significant financial experience. Steve became the Chair of the Audit Committee on 11 June 2018 and is a member of the Risk and Remuneration Committees. Steve has over 30 years’ experience in accountancy. He was a Senior Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers and he was also Finance Director of Mirror Group plc. As a NED, he served for 10 years as Audit Committee Chairman at Next plc and has also been Audit Committee Chairman of Domino Pizza Group plc. Steve currently holds a NED position at Fenwick Limited and is a member of the steering group of the Audit Quality Forum and a founder of The Objectivity Partnership.

Andrew Blowers

Mr. Andrew Blowers is Senior Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Andrew joined the AA in September 2014 as an independent NED and was appointed as SID on 1 August 2017. As a NED, Andrew provides objective insight and critical debate to Board discussions on strategic, financial and governance matters and brings significant insurance experience. Andrew is Chair of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee. Andrew is Chair of AA Insurance Holdings Limited (AAIHL), the Group’s insurance holding company. Andrew has significant experience in insurance and financial services. He established and sold several successful insurance operations during his 30-year career in the insurance industry, the last being the innovative online insurer Swiftcover, and he was previously an Executive Director of Churchill Insurance. He has also advised several private equity operations, the Consumers’ Association and the Financial Ombudsman Service in relation to various insurance matters. Andrew was awarded an OBE in 2009. He is also a NED of Telecom Plus plc

Mark Brooker

Mr. Mark Brooker has been appointed Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company, effective from 10 July 2018. As a NED, Mark provides objective insight and critical debate to Board discussions on strategic, financial and governance matters and brings significant digital experience. Mark also became a member of the Audit and Risk Committees on his appointment to the Board. Mark holds a Master’s degree in Engineering, Economics and Management from Oxford University. He spent 17 years in investment banking, advising UK companies on equity capital raising, and M&A at Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch. Mark was then Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Betfair, one of Europe’s leading online gaming businesses, with responsibilities for all operations outside the USA, including commercial management, product development and customer service across Sportsbook, Exchange and Gaming products. Mark then became COO of Trainline, the European tech company and leading independent rail retailer, where he had responsibility for the UK and International consumer and B2B businesses including the Marketing and Product functions. Mark is also a NED at Equiniti Group plc and William Hill plc.

Cathryn Riley

Ms. Cathryn Riley is Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Cathryn joined the Board in February 2018 as an independent NED. As a NED, Cathryn provides objective insight and critical debate to Board discussions on strategic, financial and governance matters and brings significant insurance experience. Cathryn became Chair of the Risk Committee on 28 February 2018 and is a member of the Audit Committee. Previously, she was NED and Chair of the AA Group’s insurance broker, Automobile Association Insurance Services Limited (AAISL) from January 2015 to June 2018. Cathryn has had a wide-ranging career covering insurance, customer services, IT, operations and human resources. She currently holds NED roles at Equitable Life, International Personal Finance plc, Chubb European Group SE and Chubb Underwriting Agencies Ltd. Cathryn was Group Chief Operations Officer at Aviva Plc and a member of the Group Executive Committee. Other experience includes management consultancy at Coopers & Lybrand and General Manager of Transformation at BUPA. Cathryn was appointed NED of the Group’s insurance holding company, AAIHL, in June 2018.

Suzi Williams

Ms. Suzi Williams is Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. As Non-Executive Director, Ms. Suzi joined the AA in October 2015 as an independent NED. As a NED, Suzi provides objective insight and critical debate to Board discussions on strategic, financial and governance matters and brings significant marketing and brand experience. Suzi is the Chair of the Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Nomination and Risk Committees. Suzi has over 30 years’ experience in marketing, brand and innovation for leading consumer, media, technology and service brands. From 2005 to 2016 she was Chief Brand and Marketing officer at BT, leading not only their UK business, but also their B2B efforts across 150 countries. Before that she held senior executive roles at Orange, BBC Worldwide, KPMG and Procter & Gamble. In 2018, Suzi was invited to join The England & Wales Cricket Board creating the new Cricket SuperLeague. She is a Fellow of the Marketing Society and an Advisor to Women in Marketing.

Zeeshan Maqbool