Board of directors
Nicholas Stagg, aged 63, was appointed Executive Director on 21 October 2009, Chief Executive with effect from 1 July 2010, and Chairman and Chief Executive with effect from 1 January 2017. He graduated in physics at University College, London and joined Thomson McLintock in 1981, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He worked in property investment companies before becoming group managing director of Lambert Smith Hampton PLC. Subsequently he was managing director of W S Atkins International PLC and then first COO and then CEO of Teather & Greenwood Holdings PLC, where he was responsible for the development of the business and its eventual sale to Landsbanki in 2005 and then Straumur in 2008.
Marco Capello, aged 62, joined the Board on 18 June 2010. He is the founder and managing partner of BlueGem Capital Partners LLP. From 2002 to 2006 he was a managing director of Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity. Previously he worked for over 18 years at First Boston, Wasserstein Perella and,since 1994 at Merrill Lynch. During his career in investment banking he worked primarily in mergers and acquisitions both in New York and London. Mr Capello holds an MBA frm Columbia University in New York. He graduated in Civil Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino. He is a board member of Olicar S.p.A, The Private Clinic Limited, Fintyre S.p.A, Neomobile S.p.A., Liberty Ltd and Ufi Filters S.p.A. He is a member of the Remuneration Committee and the Nominations Committee.
Fiona Czerniawska, aged 61, joined the Board on 10 March 2017. She is the founder and director of Source Global Research. Prior to this, she was director of strategy and planning for EY in the UK, and head of research for the Management Consultancies Association, and has more than 25 years experience in the management consulting industry. Fiona has a PhD from the University of London and is a graduate of Oxford University. She is a director of the Source Information Services Limited.
Emilio Di Spiezio Sardo, aged 46, joined the Board on 18 June 2010. He is a partner of BlueGem Capital Partners LLP. Before joining BlueGem as a partner, in 2007, he worked in London as a hedge fund manager at York Capital Management, a global multi-strategy hedge fund with approximately US$10 billion under management. Before that he worked for six years in investment banking at Merrill Lynch in London and Rome. Mr Di Spiezio Sardo graduated summa cum laude in Economics and Finance from Bocconi University in Milan. He is a board member of Olicar S.p.A, The Private Clinic Limited, Fintyre S.p.A, Neomobile S.p.A., and Liberty Ltd.