Rolls-Royce appoints Sir Frank Chapman as a non-executive Director

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, announces that Sir Frank Chapman has today joined the Board as a non-executive Director. Sir Frank is the Chief Executive of BG Group and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Sir Simon Robertson, Rolls-Royce Chairman, said:  "I am delighted to welcome Sir Frank Chapman onto the Board of Rolls-Royce as a non-executive director. Frank has a life-long passion for engineering and innovation. His deep understanding of technology and his outstanding record of business achievement will be of great value to Rolls-Royce and I am looking forward to working with him”.

Sir Frank graduated with first class honours in Mechanical Engineering from Queen Mary College, London University. He has spent over 37 years in the oil and gas industry during which time he has lived and worked overseas for some eighteen years. He has been Chief Executive at BG Group for the last 11 years, managing the Group through a period of transformational growth and international diversification, and has been a member of the Board of BG Group (previously British Gas plc) for 14 years.  

  1. Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising more than 500 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 4,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 120 countries, with an installed base of 54,000 gas turbines.
  3. Annual underlying revenues were £10.8 billion in 2010, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £61.4 billion at 30 June 2011, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs over 39,000 skilled people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 11,000 of these employees are engineers.
  5. In 2010, Rolls-Royce invested £923 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental performance of its products, in particular reducing emissions.
  6. Rolls-Royce supports a global network of 28 University Technology Centres, which connect the company’s engineers with the forefront of scientific research.
  7. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills.
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