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Ferguson Plc (FERG.L)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Gareth Davis

2011 Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

John Martin

2016 Group Chief Executive, Executive Director

Mike Powell

50 2017 Group Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director

Kevin Murphy

2017 Chief Executive Officer - USA, Executive Director

Simon Oakland

50 2016 Chief Executive Officer - Canada and Central Europe and Group Head of Corporate Development

Samantha Long

2017 Chief Human Resource Officer

Mike Sajor

2018 Group Chief Information Officer

Mike Brooks

2016 Chief Marketing Officer - USA

Alex Hutcherson

2017 Chief Operating Officer - USA

Graham Middlemiss

2015 Company Secretary

Cathy Halligan

2019 Non-Executive Director

Thomas Schmitt

2019 Non-Executive Director

Tessa Bamford

2011 Non-Executive Independent Director

Alan Murray

64 2013 Senior Non-Executive Independent Director

Darren Shapland

2014 Non-Executive Independent Director

Nadia Shouraboura

48 2017 Non-Executive Independent Director

Jacky Simmonds

54 2014 Non-Executive Independent Director

Mark Fearon

Director of Group Communications and Investor Relations

Biographies

Name Description

Gareth Davis

Mr. Gareth Davis serves as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Ferguson Plc. Extensive international board and general management experience, having served on and chaired various company boards for many years. Mr Davis spent 38 years in the tobacco industry and was Chief Executive of Imperial Tobacco Group plc from its incorporation in 1996 until May 2010. From 2010 to April 2018 Mr Davis was Chairman of William Hill PLC. He is Chairman of DS Smith Plc.

John Martin

Mr. John W. Martin is Group Chief Executive, Executive Director of the Company, since 1 September 2016. He has extensive operational and financial management experience of running large international businesses. Mr Martin has strong leadership capabilities and significant experience in strategic development and driving improvements in operational performance. He joined the Company as Chief Financial Officer and assumed management responsibility for the Group’s Canadian business between 2013 and 2016. Previously he was a partner at Alchemy Partners, the private equity group, and prior to that was Chief Financial Officer of Travelex Group, the international payments business, and Hays Plc.

Mike Powell

Mr. Mike Powell serves as Group Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director of the Company. Considerable financial management and operational experience. Experience of running multi-national businesses with significant US operations. Mr Powell, a chartered management accountant, joined the Company on 1 June 2017 as Group Chief Financial Officer. From July 2014 until his appointment at Ferguson Mr Powell was Group Finance Director of BBA Aviation plc, one of the world’s leading providers of aviation support services. Before joining BBA he served as CFO of AZ Electronic Materials plc and CFO of Nippon Sheet Glass, based in Tokyo. Prior to that he spent 15 years at Pilkington plc in a variety of operational and finance roles. He is Non Executive Director of Low & Bonar plc.

Kevin Murphy

Mr. Kevin Murphy serves as Chief Executive Officer - USA, Executive Director of the Company. He has Strong leadership skills and deep industry knowledge. Mr Murphy has a strong track record of driving sustainable profitable growth. He is responsible for all of the Group’s businesses based in the USA. From 2007 until his appointment as Chief Executive of Ferguson Enterprises on 1 August 2017, Mr Murphy was Chief Operating Officer of Ferguson Enterprises and a member of its senior leadership team. He joined Ferguson Enterprises as an Operations Manager in 1999 and subsequently held several leadership positions including three years as Vice President of the US Waterworks division.

Simon Oakland

Mr. Simon Nicholas Oakland serves as Chief Executive Officer - Canada and Central Europe and Group Head of Corporate Development of the company, since July 2016. Simon was appointed CEO, Canada and Central Europe in July 2016. Simon joined Ferguson in 2013 with responsibility for M&A and was regional director for the Group’s French businesses where he implemented a comprehensive restructuring of the business and eventual disposal. He has over 25 years experience working in the private equity industry including five years with Alchemy Partners and 10 years with Nikko Securities. During his career Simon has been a Director of several large international businesses in a variety of different industries and has extensive operational and Board level experience. He is also a Non Executive Director of Banque Nagelmackers, a Belgian private bank.

Samantha Long

Ms. Samantha J. (Sammie) Long is Chief Human Resource Officer of the Company. Prior to joining Ferguson at the end of 2017, Sammie Long was Chief Human Resources Officer for the Kellogg Company. In this role, Sammie was responsible for ensuring the effectiveness of HR programs across 180 countries. Under her leadership, Kellogg was recognised by DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity and Forbes’ America’s Best Employers. Sammie has extensive experience running a multi-national HR function and specialises in change management, employee engagement, organisational design, diversity and talent development. Prior to her 14-year human resources career at Kellogg, Sammie held HR positions at Sharp Electronics UK Ltd and Fujitsu Services Europe.

Mike Sajor

Mr. Mike Sajor is Group Chief Information Officer of the Company. Mike joined Ferguson as Group Chief Information Officer in January 2018. He was most recently Senior Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer for Apollo Education Group where he was responsible for driving delivery of systems, applications and infrastructure (network and security) solutions supporting the University of Phoenix and numerous educational institutions globally. Mike has significant expertise in delivering innovations that drive competitive advantage together with a focus on building high-performing teams to drive efficient technical execution while innovating new and disruptive service solutions. His previous experience includes leading large IT programmes for Ann Inc. (parent company of Ann Taylor/Loft), Merck & Company, Bell Laboratories, AT&T and Lucent Technologies.

Mike Brooks

Mr. Mike Brooks is Chief Marketing Officer - USA of the Company. Prior to this he was Vice President of eBusiness, including our B2C offering Build.com, a position he had held since 2007. Mike joined Ferguson as the Director of Information Technology for Stock Building Supply in 1997 and has since held a number of internal roles. Prior to joining Ferguson, Mike was President and CEO of Norcon Technologies, Inc. and held roles with MCI System House. Mike is also a Non-Executive Director of JJ Haines and Company LLC, Chairperson of its Audit committee and a member of its Compensation committee. He also serves on the Oracle Corporation’s eCommerce Customer Advisory Board and the College of William & Mary’s Business Analytics Advisory Board.

Alex Hutcherson

Mr. Alex B. Hutcherson is Chief Operating Officer - USA of the Company. Alex was appointed Chief Operating Officer, USA in August 2017. He joined Ferguson in 1988 as a Trainee and has, over the past 30 years, served as Branch, General and Area Managers in many of the US regions. In 2007, he was promoted to Vice President of Sales. Most recently, he was Vice and Senior Vice President of Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning, positions he was appointed to in 2012 and 2016 respectively. He has completed Executive Development programs at the University of Virginia, IMD in Switzerland and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Graham Middlemiss

Mr. Graham Middlemiss is Company Secretary of the Company since 1 August 2015. Graham was appointed Company Secretary of Ferguson plc on 1 August 2015. He is Secretary to the Board and all of the Committees of the Board. Graham, a solicitor, joined the Group in August 2004 as the General Counsel of its UK business and was Group Deputy Company Secretary from November 2012 to July 2015.

Cathy Halligan

Ms. Cathy Halligan is appointed as Non Executive Director of the Company effective from 1 January 2019. Cathy was a Non Executive Director of private company Wilton Brands from May 2016 to September 2018. Between 2010 and 2012, Cathy was SVP Sales and Marketing of PowerReviews where she successfully repositioned the brand from a free customer reviews and ratings application to a leading Software as a Service social commerce solution that is used by more than 1,000 of today's leading brands. Prior to that Cathy worked for Walmart Inc, for 5 years where she was an Officer and held Executive roles across marketing and e-commerce, including Chief Marketing Officer for Walmart.com and launched a global ecommerce "Centre of Excellence" for their international businesses. From 1996 to 1999 Cathy held senior marketing and internet roles at retailer Williams-Sonoma Inc. and was responsible for leading efforts to launch its brands, such as Pottery Barn, on the web. Following this success, Cathy held marketing roles at online jewellery disruptor Blue Nile Inc. before becoming an Associate Partner at global brand and marketing consultancy Prophet.

Thomas Schmitt

Mr. Thomas (Tom) Schmitt is Non-Executive Director of the Company. Previously, Tom spent three years as Chief Commercial Officer and a Management Board member of Schenker AG, a $20 billion global freight, transportation and logistics company. Prior to that, Tom worked for AquaTerra Corporation, a leading provider of drinking water and office refreshments, where he was President and CEO. Prior to his AquaTerra role, he served as President and CEO of Purolator Inc, Canada's leading freight and parcel provider. From 1998 to 2010, Tom worked for FedEx, latterly as President and CEO of the company's supply chain business. Between 2013 and 2016 Tom was a Non Executive Director of Zooplus AG, the leading e-commerce based provider of pet supplies in Europe listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

Tessa Bamford

Ms. Tessa E. Bamford serves as Non-Executive Independent Director of Ferguson Plc. Extensive boardroom and City experience. Ms Bamford has broad business experience having held senior advisory roles in both the UK and USA across a range of sectors. She was formerly a founder and Director of Cantos Communications, an online corporate communications service provider (2001 to 2011) and until 30 June 2018 a Non Executive Director of Barratt Developments plc. Previously, she was a Director of J Henry Schroder & Co, where she worked for 12 years in a number of roles and, prior to that, worked in corporate finance for Barclays de Zoete Wedd.

Alan Murray

Mr. Alan J. Murray serves as Senior Non-Executive Independent Director of Ferguson Plc. Considerable international operational experience and extensive executive management experience within global businesses. Mr Murray was, from 2010 until August 2017, a Member of the Supervisory Board of HeidelbergCement AG and was previously a Non Executive Director of International Power plc (2007 to 2011). Prior to that, he spent 19 years at Hanson plc and was Group Chief Executive between 2002 and 2007. From 2007 until 2008, he was a member of the Management Board of HeidelbergCement AG. Mr Murray is a qualified chartered management accountant. He is Non Executive Director of Owens-Illinois, Inc.

Darren Shapland

Mr. Darren M. Shapland serves as Non-Executive Independent Director of the Ferguson Plc., He has Considerable commercial, operational, financial management and broad public company experience in major consumer businesses. Until September 2016 Mr Shapland was Chairman of Poundland Group plc. He was a Non Executive Director of Ladbrokes plc and was Chairman of its Audit Committee until 2015. Between 2012 and 2013, he was Chief Executive Officer of Carpetright plc. From 2005 to 2010, Mr Shapland was Chief Financial Officer of J Sainsbury plc and from 2010 to 2011, Group Development Director. He was also Chairman of Sainsbury’s Bank. Prior to that, Mr Shapland held a variety of senior finance and operational positions at Carpetright plc, Superdrug Stores plc, the Burton Group and Arcadia. He is Chairman of Topps Tiles Plc.

Nadia Shouraboura

Dr. Nadia Shouraboura serves as Non-Executive Director of the Company, effective from 1 July 2017. She has Considerable expertise in running complex logistics and supply chain activities, with insight in cutting edge technology and deep knowledge of e-commerce. Dr Shouraboura was a Vice President at Amazon.com, Inc. where she served on the senior leadership team. After eight years at Amazon, she founded Hointer Inc., a consultancy that helps retailers create innovative in-store experiences. Prior to her time at Amazon Dr Shouraboura was Head of System Development for Trading at Exelon Power Team, Senior Principal at Diamond Management and Technology and Co-founder and Vice President, IT at Starlight Multimedia Inc. in addition to other technology and multimedia roles. He is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hointer Inc., a Non Executive Director of Cimpress NV and a Member of the Supervisory Board of X5 Retail Group N.V.

Jacky Simmonds

Ms. Jacky Simmonds serves as Non-Executive Independent Director of Ferguson Plc. Extensive executive remuneration and human resources experience within large international businesses. Ms Simmonds was Group People Director of easyJet plc from 2015 until 2017. Before joining easyJet plc, she was Group HR Director of TUI Travel plc from 2010 until 2015, HR Director for TUI UK from 2007 to 2010 and a divisional Director of First Choice Holidays PLC until the business was merged with TUI AG in 2007 to form TUI Travel PLC. Ms Simmonds was also a member of the Supervisory Board of TUI Deutschland, GmbH and a Director of PEAK Adventure Travel Group Limited.

Mark Fearon