Biography PhotoBob Lawson
Non-Executive Chairman

Board appointment: November 2010
Committee Chairmanship: Nomination
Committee Membership: Remuneration

Skills and Experience
Bob has significant experience of leading international businesses, including through operational and culture changes, and a deep understanding of listed companies and corporate governance.

Career
Bob’s executive career spanned several UK and continental groups, including ten years as Chief Executive of Electrocomponents plc and three years as Managing Director of Vitec Group plc. He was appointed Non-Executive Chairman of Eurocell plc in January 2015 and retired as Chairman of the Federation of Groundwork Trusts in November 2015. Bob retired as Non-Executive Chairman of Barratt Developments plc in November 2014.

Biography PhotoKarim Bitar
Chief Executive

Board appointment: September 2011
Committee Membership: Nomination

Skills and Experience
Karim has extensive experience of leading international, technology focused organisations. His strategic review of Genus in 2012 resulted in a new vision, strategy, structure and core values. He has a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Career
Prior to joining Genus, Karim worked for more than 15 years for Eli Lilly and Company, where he was President of Lilly Europe, Canada and Australia. An ex- McKinsey and Company consultant, he also held management roles at Johnson and Johnson, and the Dow Chemical Company. Karim is currently serving as a Non-Executive Director on the board of Spectrics plc, and is a member of the University of Michigan Ross School of Business Advisory Board.

Biography PhotoStephen Wilson
Group Finance Director

Board appointment: January 2013

Skills and Experience
Stephen has worked in France and the US and has wide-ranging experience of mergers and acquisitions, financing, strategy and investor relations. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and holds a degree in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge.

Career
Stephen was previously Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Misys plc. Prior to Misys, he spent 25 years at IBM, in roles encompassing finance, business development and change programmes. He was a Non-Executive Director of Xchanging plc, where he chaired the Audit Committee until its acquisition by CSC in May 2016.

Biography PhotoNigel Turner
Senior Non-Executive Director

Board appointment: January 2008
Committee Chairmanship: Remuneration
Committee Membership: Audit, Nomination

Skills and Experience
Nigel has substantial experience of international business and corporate finance.

Career

Nigel was Chairman of Numis Securities Ltd and Deputy Chairman of Numis Corporation plc from December 2005 to November 2007. Prior to this he was Vice Chairman of ABN AMRO’s Wholesale and Investment Bank, having joined in 2000 from Lazard, where he was a Partner for 15 years and sat on its Supervisory Board. Nigel is a Non-Executive Director of Croda International plc.

Biography PhotoLysanne Gray
Non-Executive Director

Board appointment: April 2016
Committee Chairmanship: Audit
Committee Membership: Remuneration, Nomination

Skills and Experience

Lysanne has significant experience of risk management, audit, business operations, acquisitions and disposals, and corporate governance, gained within the food sector. She is a Chartered Accountant.

Career
Lysanne is Financial Controller at Unilever plc and Unilever NV. Prior to this she was Chief Auditor, working closely with Unilever’s Audit Committee, and before that Chief Financial Officer of Unilever’s global food service business. She has also held a number of other senior operational and financial positions within Unilever.

Biography PhotoProf. Duncan Maskell
Non-Executive Director

Board appointment: April 2014
Committee Membership: Audit, Remuneration, Nomination

Skills and Experience
Duncan has co‑founded several biotech companies and has extensive experience of commercialising science and innovation. He is also an experienced scientific adviser to companies, using his broad perspective on life sciences.

Career
Duncan is Senior Pro-Vice Chancellor (‘PVC’) of the University of Cambridge, where he and the four other PVCs are responsible for the University’s strategy and policy development. He was previously Head of the School of the Biological Sciences at the University, where he led research on infectious diseases of livestock and people.

Biography PhotoLykele van der Broek
Non-Executive Director

Board appointment: July 2014
Committee Membership: Audit, Remuneration, Nomination

Skills and Experience
Lykele has vast experience of growing companies and working in agricultural businesses throughout the world, including in emerging markets.

Career
Lykele retired as a Member of the Board of Management of Bayer CropScience, a division of Bayer AG, in 2014, being responsible for the commercialisation of innovative agricultural products and services globally. Prior to this, he held senior international roles including the Head of Bayer CropScience’s BioScience division and President of the Bayer HealthCare Animal Health division.

Biography PhotoDan Hartley
Group General Counsel and Company Secretary

Appointment: June 2014

Skills and Experience
Dan has significant experience in multijurisdictional patent litigation, mergers and acquisitions, patent licensing and managing product life cycles in complex areas. He holds degrees in science and law.

Career
Dan joined Genus from Shire plc, where he was Senior Vice President and International Counsel. Dan joined Shire in 2002, after a number of years in private practice, and worked in increasingly senior and global roles in the UK and the US.

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