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 Sidney Taurel

Sidney Taurel

Experienced Chair: FTSE 100, S&P 100, S&P 500, Public Sector
Experienced CEO: Public Sector

  • 34 years of international senior leadership experience
  • Multi-industry knowledge in education, finance, pharmaceuticals, publishing, technology
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Major Career Roles

Sidney Taurel is Chairman of Pearson plc, the world’s largest publishing and education company. He is also Chairman Emeritus at Eli Lilly & Co, a Board member of HIG Acquisition Corporation, a SPAC listed on the NYSE, and a member of the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) Audit and Finance Committee.

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Sidney spent most of his career with the global pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly & Co., where he served as CEO and Chairman up to 2008, becoming Chairman Emeritus in 2009.

During his time at Eli Lilly, Sidney also held three US Presidential appointments, serving firstly as a Council Member of the President’s Homeland Security Advisory Council, then on the President’s Export Council, and in 2007 becoming a member of the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations.

Sidney was a member of the Boards of ITT Inc. where he chaired the Audit Committee, IBM Corp. where he chaired the Compensation Committee and of the McGraw-Hill companies (now S&P Global), where he chaired the Remuneration Committee.

He was also a Partner at Capital Royalty LP, now the CRG LP, and an Advisory Board member at the global investment bank Moelis & Co., the Japanese company Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd and the Spanish pharmaceutical company Almirall SA.

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Victor Chu

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Jan du Plessis

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Susan Kilsby

Susan Kilsby is the Chair of Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc and is Senior Independent Director and chair of the Remuneration Committee at Diageo. She is Non-Executive Director of BHP Group plc, at Unilever plc and the UKʼs National Health Service (NHS-England). She is also a member of The Takeover Panel in the UK.

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