Richard Lapthorne

Chairman, Cable and Wireless

Wednesday 5 March

Richard Lapthorne is Chairman of Cable and Wireless plc. Currently he is also Chairman of Morse plc.Richard Lapthorne

His career started with Unilever where in eighteen years he worked in the UK, Paris, Holland and Africa. He then moved to Courtaulds plc as Group Financial Controller, becoming Finance Director in 1986 as well as Chairman of the US Group. He joined British Aerospace plc in July 1992 and was a key member of the management team responsible for transferring the company into Europe's leading aerospace and defence company. He retired as Vice Chairman in 1999.

He started his non-executive career with Amersham International plc in 1989, becoming Chairman from 1996 until 2003. He has held a number of other directorships including Robert Fleming, the merchant bank, Oasis International Leasing in Abu Dhabi, Chairman of Avecia (spun off from Astra Zeneca), Chairman of TI Automotive (spun off from Smiths Group), Chairman of Arlington Securities and of the private equity owned fashion retailer New Look.

He is the Queen's Trustee at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and is also a trustee of Tommy's Campaign, the charity researching still and premature birth, and of Calibre, a charity providing listening books to the reading impaired.

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