Changes to the Rolls-Royce Group plc Board

Thursday, 13 September 2007

Rolls-Royce announced today that Iain Conn, an independent non-executive director, has been appointed as the Senior Independent Director and John Rishton, an independent non-executive director, has been appointed as the Chairman of the Audit Committee, in succession to Peter Byrom who will remain on the Rolls-Royce Board.
These appointments take effect immediately.

The Chairman of Rolls-Royce, Simon Robertson, said: "I reported in my statement in the 2006 Annual Report that Peter Byrom would stand down as the Group's Senior Independent Director and as the Chairman of the Audit Committee this year. The Board is indebted to him for his very considerable contribution in both these positions. I am very pleased that Iain Conn and John Rishton have agreed to undertake these important roles."

  1. Iain Conn was appointed to the Rolls-Royce board in 2005. He is an Executive Director of BP plc and Chief Executive of its Refining and Marketing division, having held a range of executive positions within the BP Group worldwide. He is Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Imperial College London Tanaka Business School.
  2. John Rishton was appointed to the Rolls-Royce board in 2007. He is Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Royal Ahold. He began his career in 1979 at the Ford Motor Company and held a variety of positions both in the UK and in Europe. In 1994, he joined British Airways where he was Chief Financial Officer from 2001-2005. He is a former non-executive director of Allied Domecq.
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