This excerpt taken from the ICI 20-F filed Mar 31, 2006.
These excerpts taken from the ICI 6-K filed Mar 14, 2006.
Mr R N Haythornthwaite
A graduate of The Queens College, Oxford with a degree in Geology and a Sloan Fellow of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Richard Haythornthwaite has over 25 years of international industry experience covering a broad mix of strategic and operational roles.
He has extensive experience in organisational and cultural change leadership, cost reduction programmes, results-driven performance initiatives and negotiating and executing acquisitions and divestments worldwide.
Richard Haythornthwaites career began with BP plc where he held a variety of positions in its European and American operations from 1978 to 1995, including General Manager of the Magnus Oilfield and President of BP Venezuela.
In 1995 he joined the Board of Premier Oil, where he was responsible for corporate and commercial affairs, and two years later joined Blue Circle Industries plc as Chief Executive of Heavy Building Materials in Europe and Asia. He was appointed Group Chief Executive of Blue Circle in 1999. Following its acquisition of Blue Circle in 2001, he became a Non-Executive Director of Lafarge S.A., standing down from that Board in July 2003. From 1999 to 2003 he was a Non-Executive Director of Cookson Group plc. In addition, from 2001 until 2005, Richard Haythornthwaite was Group Chief Executive Officer of Invensys plc.
He is currently Managing Director of Star Capital Partners and Chairman of the Better Regulation Commission. In addition, he is Chairman of the Almeida Theatre Company Limited, Trustee of NMSI and a Board Member of the British Council.
The Chairman, on behalf of the Board, confirms that following a formal performance evaluation, Richard Haythornthwaites performance continues to be effective and demonstrates full commitment to his role both as a Non-Executive Director and as Chairman of the Remuneration Committee, including an appropriate commitment of time for Board and Committee meetings and other duties required of him. Aged 49.
Dr J D G McAdam
John McAdam graduated from Manchester University with a first class honours degree in Chemical Physics and, after completing his doctorate, was awarded a research fellowship.
In 1974 he joined Unilever as a management trainee and held a variety of managerial positions within Birds Eye Foods before joining the Board of Unilevers flavours and fragrance business, PPF International, as Technical Director. In 1987, he joined the Board of Quest International as Senior Vice President in charge of Manufacturing, Logistics and Procurement before returning to Birds Eye Walls, where he assumed Board responsibility for Manufacturing, Research and Development.
In 1993 he was appointed Chairman of Unichema International and, following ICIs acquisition of the Unilever Speciality Chemicals businesses in 1997, became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Quest and a member of the ICI Executive Management Team. In January 1998 he was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive of ICI Paints and the following year he was elected to the Board of ICI with additional responsibility for Research, Development and Technology and ICIs activities in Asia.
John McAdam is a business leader with a strong focus on results and extensive knowledge of ICIs operations around the world. The Board believes that the combination of knowledge, drive and leadership he is bringing to bear on the issues facing ICI is serving both the Company and its shareholders well.
Until September 2005, John McAdam was a Non-Executive Director of Severn Trent Plc. He was appointed as Senior Independent Director of J Sainsbury plc on 1 September 2005. In addition, he is a member of the University of Surrey Business Advisory Board and a member of the University of Cambridge Chemistry Advisory Board. Aged 57.
In November 2003, the SEC approved the NYSEs new corporate governance rules for listed companies. Under these new rules, as a NYSE-listed foreign private issuer, ICI must disclose any significant ways in which its corporate governance practices differ from those required to be followed by US companies under NYSE listing standards. We believe the following to be the significant differences between our corporate governance practices and NYSE corporate governance rules applicable to US companies.
The ICI Board does not have a majority of independent Directors. However, the Board includes a balance of Executive Directors and independent NEDs such that no individual or group can dominate the Boards decision making and the Company complies with the Combined Code.
The Board of ICI has assessed the independence of the NEDs against the criteria set out in the Combined Code and the NYSE corporate governance rules, save that in the case of the latter, the Board has not sought to enquire into the interests of Directors family members other than their spouse. On this basis the Board has concluded that all NEDs are independent.
Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee
ICI does not have a Nomination/Corporate Governance Committee. ICIs Nomination Committee comprises the Companys independent Non-Executive Directors and the Chairman who was deemed, under the Combined Code, to be independent on appointment. The responsibility for developing the Companys corporate governance principles rests with the Board.
Non-management Directors meetings
ICIs NEDs meet twice a year with the Chairman and Chief Executive. These meetings include evaluation of Board and individual Director performance and succession plans. The Chairman and Chief Executive both absent themselves when their own performances are being assessed. Discussions are led by the Chairman, except when his own performance and succession is discussed, when the Senior Independent Director takes the Chair.
Adoption and disclosure of corporate governance guidelines
As stated on page 16, ICI has applied the principles contained in Section I of the Combined Code and has complied throughout 2005, and to the date
of this Annual Review, with the provisions set out therein as they apply to the Group. The Combined Code does not require ICI to disclose the full range of corporate governance guidelines with which it complies.
In August 2005, in compliance with the governance rules of the NYSE and Rule 10A-3 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, it was determined that each member of the ICI Audit Committee satisfied the SEC independence requirements. Subsequent to this determination, the Company filed with the NYSE a written affirmation that the Audit Committee complied with Section 303A of the NYSEs Listed Company Manual.