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Stephen A.M. Hester


Mr. Hester was appointed to our Board in connection with the Spin-Off from IBM. Mr. Hester joined RSA Insurance Group in 2014 and was the Chief Executive Officer until his retirement in June 2021. Prior to joining RSA, he was group Chief Executive of Royal Bank of Scotland from 2008 to 2013, Chief Executive of British Land Plc from 2004 to 2008, and Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Abbey National plc from 2002 to 2004. Mr. Hester began his career at Credit Suisse First Boston in 1982 and held positions of increasing responsibility including Chief Financial Officer and Head of Support Division from 1996 until 2000, when he was appointed as Global Head of the Fixed Income Division, a role he served until 2001. Mr. Hester currently serves as a non-executive director of easyJet plc and a director of Centrica plc. Additionally, during the past five years, he served as a director of RSA Insurance Group plc. Mr. Hester was formerly a director of the Royal Bank of Scotland, Northern Rock and Abbey National plc. Mr. Hester received his undergraduate degree from Oxford University. Mr. Hester’s global business experience and financial expertise makes him a well-qualified member of our Board.

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