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Lifetime Contribution to Midlands Business Award 2014

Sir John Peace is Chairman of Burberry Group plc, Chairman of Standard Chartered PLC and Chairman of Experian plc.

Sir John has a strong financial services and retailing background. In 1980 he was one of the founders of CCN Systems, an early pioneer of credit scoring techniques, risk models and the development of customer segmentation systems. CCN went on to become Experian plc, a global information services company providing data and analytical tools to clients in over 90 countries.

In 2000, Sir John became Group CEO of GUS plc, of which Experian and Burberry were a part. He spearheaded a major restructuring strategy to refocus the group, including the acquisition and disposal of more than 50 businesses worldwide. In 2002, Burberry was floated on the London Stock Exchange with Sir John Peace as its Chairman. Burberry today is a leading global luxury brand. In 2006, GUS plc was demerged and Experian became a FTSE 100 business in its own right, again with Sir John Peace as its Chairman.

Sir John joined the Board of Standard Chartered PLC in 2007 as Deputy Chairman and was appointed Chairman in 2009. Headquartered in London, Standard Chartered has operated for over 150 years in some of the world’s most dynamic markets, leading the way in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. 

Sir John is committed to supporting his local community and has a long standing interest in education. For 10 years he was Chairman of the Board of Governors of Nottingham Trent University, and has been a Trustee of the Djanogly City Academy in Nottingham since 1999. Sir John chairs the Nottingham Growth Board focussing on issues associated with the recession and local unemployment. He is Lord Lieutenant of
Nottinghamshire, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has an Honorary Doctorate from The University of Nottingham. Sir John was knighted in 2011 for services to business and the voluntary sector.


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