Sir John Peace is Chairman of Standard Chartered and Burberry Group. In 1980, John was one of the founders of Experian, which today is a global information services company, operating in over 90 countries worldwide. In 2000, he became Group CEO of GUS plc (Great Universal Stores), a UK-based retail conglomerate of which Burberry and Experian were a part.
In 2002 Sir John was appointed Chairman of Burberry in advance of its successful flotation. Today, Burberry Group plc is one of the world's leading luxury brands with retail operations throughout Asia, including 50 stores in China. In 2006, GUS plc was demerged and Experian became a FTSE 100 business in its own right, again with Sir John as its Chairman, a position he held until stepping down in July 2014.
Sir John joined the Board of Standard Chartered as Deputy Chairman in 2007 and became Chairman in 2009. Standard Chartered is acknowledged as one of the world's leading international banks with a strategic focus on Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. It opened its first branch in Shanghai over 150 years ago in 1858.
Sir John is committed to supporting his local community and has a long-standing interest in education. He was Chairman of the Board of Governors of Nottingham Trent University for ten years and has been a Trustee of the Djanogly City Academy in Nottingham since 1999. Sir John chairs the Nottingham Economic Growth Board focussing on issues associated with the recession and local unemployment and is a former East Midlands Ambassador for Business in the Community. He is Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has an Honorary Doctorate from The University of Nottingham. Sir John was knighted in 2011 for services to business and the voluntary sector.
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