Monday 27th Feb 2017
Hitachi Capital UK, the innovative financial solutions provider to businesses and consumers, has reinvigorated its non-executive director team with three senior appointments, bringing a wide range of experience as the business continues to grow its operations.
Guy Munnoch brings over 20 years' financial services experience having been CEO of Zurich Financial Services in both the UK and Southern Africa, leading the businesses through major transformations. Prior to joining Zurich in 1997, Guy held several senior positions in Aviva and Allianz. Before joining the financial services sector, Guy served over 20 years with the British Army.
Joining as Chairman of the Board at Hitachi Capital, Guy adds this to a number of other non-executive director roles in both the UK and South Africa. In addition to his professional and military experience, Guy has a passion for anything physical having, amongst other challenges, walked to both the North and South Poles and summited Everest.
Alan Hughes had a 35 year career at HSBC Bank plc where he was a member of the executive committee of the Bank; his roles included introducing the HSBC brand name in the UK and EU and CEO of First Direct Bank. He holds an MBA and was visiting lecturer at Warwick University Business School and Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. He has a number of chair and non-executive director roles in the public and private sector since leaving HSBC; and is Pro-Chancellor of Loughborough University.
Anne Whitaker is a qualified chartered accountant with a range of non-executive, audit chair and chair experience. In a career spanning 30 years at Ernst & Young, she was Head of Audit, UK Financial Services Practice for four years and specialised in Investment Management for 17 years. After leaving EY eight years ago, she is now a board member in both the private and public sectors and works as a volunteer with four charities.
Robert Gordon, CEO at Hitachi Capital said:
“We’re delighted to strengthen the Board with experienced leaders from the financial sector. The range of expertise they bring from careers at some of the world’s biggest companies will be invaluable to Hitachi Capital as the company continues to grow. We’re looking forward to their contribution in terms of Leadership, Governance and Strategic Insight over the coming years.
“The non-executive directors bring a number of different interests and experiences outside of their professional careers too. We’re fully expecting that Guy’s passion for the outdoors means the next board away day will involve abseiling down the Ribblehead viaduct!”
Our new board members
- Former Chief Executive of Zurich UK General Insurance, Guy Munnoch, joins as Chairman
- Former HSBC Senior Executive Alan Hughes, joins as deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director
- Anne Whitaker completes a trio of high-quality hires bringing 30 years' experience at EY together with other financial services and public sector roles as Chair of the Audit Committee and Independent Non-Executive Director