Bupa today announces that Roger Davis will take up the position of non-executive Chairman when Lord Leitch steps down at the end of 2018. The announcement follows a comprehensive recruitment process led by the Board’s Nomination and Governance Committee.
Roger joined the Bupa Board in July 2015 and has extensive, global business experience acquired during a wide-ranging career in financial services.
In addition to being a non-executive Director of Bupa, Roger is Chairman of Sainsbury’s Bank and a Non-Executive Director of Experian plc, the global information services company. Roger has over 20 years of experience in large global businesses. He was previously Chief Executive Officer of Barclays UK Bank and a Board member of Barclays plc. Prior to that, he was Chairman and Chief Executive of Barclays Capital Asia Pacific. Roger spent a number of years in investment banking in London and Asia with positions including Managing Director of India for Jardine Fleming, and Chief Executive Officer of BZW Asia Pacific.
In May 2017, Lord Leitch announced his intention to step down at the end of 2018. During his tenure as Chairman, the Company has grown from revenues of £4bn in 2006 to £12bn in 2017 and more than trebled the number of customers served.
Lord Leitch said: “Bupa is a wonderful organisation and embarks on its next phase from an excellent position: financially strong, with a well-respected brand. I am delighted that Roger will be taking over as Chair when I step down. I look forward to working with him over the remainder of the year to ensure a smooth transition.”
Roger Davis said “It is a huge privilege to become Chairman of Bupa. I’ve very much enjoyed my time as a Board member during the past three years and I look forward to working with Evelyn, the Board and the Executive Team taking the organisation forward.”
Bupa also confirmed that Lawrence Churchill CBE, the Senior Independent Director (SID), will step down from the Board on 16 May and will be succeeded as SID by Clare Thompson. Clare joined the Board in May 2015 and is Chair of Bupa's Audit Committee. She has a broad range of experience in finance and insurance and was a Partner at PwC from 1988 until 2011.
Lord Leitch said: “I would like to thank Lawrence for his nine years of committed, diligent and loyal service to Bupa. We are delighted that Clare is taking on the SID position.”