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Sir Ian Davis

Ian Davis - Senior independent director

Senior independent director


Appointed 2 April 2010


Board and committee activities:

Member of the remuneration, geopolitical, nomination and governance and chairman’s committees


Outside interests:

Chairman of Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

Non-executive director of Majid Al Futtaim Holding LLC

Non-executive director of Johnson & Johnson, Inc.

Non-executive director of Teach for All








Sir Ian Davis is senior partner emeritus of McKinsey & Company. He was a partner at McKinsey for 31 years until 2010 and served as chairman and managing director between 2003 and 2009. Sir Ian has a MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Balliol College, University of Oxford.


Relevant skills and experience

Sir Ian Davis brings global financial and strategic experience to the board. He has worked with and advised global organizations and companies in a wide variety of sectors including oil and gas and the public sector. He is able to draw on knowledge of diverse issues and outcomes to assist the board and its committees.


Sir Ian led the board's oversight of the response in the Gulf of Mexico and chaired the Gulf of Mexico committee from its formation in 2010 until it was stood down in 2016. He was previously a non-executive director in the Cabinet Office, giving him an important perspective on government affairs which is an asset to both the board and the geopolitical committee.


In his role as the senior independent director, Sir Ian is responsible for the annual evaluation of the chairman's performance and led the search for a successor to Carl-Henric Svanberg as chairman, resulting in the appointment of Helge Lund.