Board of Directors
Accountable to our shareholders, the V.Group Board of Directors is directly responsible for the company’s system of corporate leadership.
As the group’s governing body, which includes our CEO and CFO, they’re primarily accountable for ensuring our strategic objectives are met, as well as our responsibility to operating activities, risk management, and financial performance.
Appointed March 2017
Prior to joining V.Group, John spent his early career with Procter and Gamble (P&G) with roles including leading the product supply chain function in Asia, and heading the global supply chain for P&G’s beauty care business. Moving to Exel plc, John ran the EMEA business, and was appointed CEO of Amsterdam based global logistics company, CEVA in 2007.
Retiring in 2012, John has since held a number of non-executive roles including Chair of NHS Blood & Transport and Chair of Marken Logistics. He is currently a Senior Independent Director and Remuneration Committee Chair at Electrocomponents plc, and Special Adviser to the Board at CEVA Logistics.
John holds an MA (Hons) in Economic History from The University of Glasgow.
Chief Executive Officer
Appointed October 2017
Ian’s earlier career included senior positions with Centrica plc and the global management consultancy, Accenture. Prior to his appointment to V.Group, Ian was Chief Executive Officer of Exova Group plc and, before that, Group Managing Director, UK & Ireland of Compass Group plc, where he was also a member of the Group’s Executive Committee. Alongside his role at V.Group, Ian is also a Non-Executive Director of Serco Group plc.
Ian has a BSc (Hons) in Economics and Statistics from University College London and an MBA from INSEAD, France. He also holds fellowships of the UK Institute of Directors and the UK Institute of Hospitality.
Appointed March 2017
James’ early career saw him working on international mergers and acquisitions in the London office of investment bank, Baring Brothers, and affiliate company, Dillon, Read & Co. in New York. Joining Advent International in 1997, James was co-head of Advent in Europe and led the European business and financial services sector team. James also led Advent’s investments in Nets, Worldpay and Equiniti, and has participated in other major investments.
James was appointed Non-Executive Director of the V.Group Board following Advent International’s acquisition of V.Group in March 2017, and is still a Managing Partner with them. He is also a Director of Nexi Bank’s Nets.
James has an MA in Geography from Cambridge University.
Appointed March 2018
Hamdi has over 40 years’ experience as a senior industrials practitioner. His career includes Senior Executive roles at Parker Hannifin, BBA Group, SCA Packaging, Allied Signal/Honeywell, and Alstom. He has previously held Chairman and Non-Executive Directorships at Rototherm Group, AESSeal, Husky Injection Molding Systems, Mold Masters, Olaer Group, Hyva Bv, NORMA GmBH, and other industrials businesses.
Hamdi is currently a Senior Advisor to OMERS Europe, one of the largest pension funds, as well as Chairman of both Tratel Group and Allied Glass Containers.
He has a BSc (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering, and Masters in Business Administration.
Chief Financial Officer
Appointed March 2019
Alison joins V.Group from Compass Group PLC, the world’s largest catering business, where she most recently was finance director for its UK and Ireland business, having formerly been the finance director for the group’s Australian business. In both countries, Alison played a key role in the transformation of those businesses that led to both growth and efficiency improvements.
Prior to this, Alison held a number of senior finance roles with large international companies including Speciality Fashion Group, Boart Longyear plc, COSi Group and Ernst & Young.
Appointed March 2017
Joining Advent in 2008, Haris worked on a number of Advent’s investments, including DFS, Equiniti, and the Priory Group and is a Director in Advent’s business & financial services team.
With a career in investment banking, Haris has worked in London with Goldman Sachs' U.K. Mergers and Acquisition team. Previous roles also include strategy consulting in New York with First Manhattan Consulting Group, and in Athens with Tellas, the fixed line telecom start-up, subsequently acquired by Wind Hellas.
With a BSc (Hons) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA (Hons) from the Wharton School, Haris was appointed Non-Executive Director of the V.Group Board following Advent International’s acquisition of V.Group in March 2017, and is still a Director with them.
Appointed September 2018
Prior to starting his career with V.Group, Graham held various senior executive roles across a career spanning five decades in the shipping industry. His executive roles saw him spend considerable career time with Maersk UK, Teekay Corporation, and GasLog Ltd.
Graham also held a number of positions as Director and Chairman of a variety of committees and organisations. Prior to joining V.Group, Graham was a company Director at GasLog Ltd, while also a dedicated member of the HSSE Committee, and Chair of the Operations Executive Group.
As well as being a Master Mariner, Graham has undertaken various finance and leadership courses, and is a graduate of the Columbia Senior Executive Development Programme. Graham also holds directorial positions with GasLog Ltd, Seagull AS and Gastrade, and is Chairman of the ABS UK Advisory Committee.
Appointed March 2019
Steve brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise garnered from over 30 years in chemical manufacturing and distribution. Steve began his career in research and development. In 2007, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Brenntag European business and joined the Group’s Management Board. In June 2011, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Brenntag Group, the world’s largest chemicals and ingredients distributor, operating in 73 countries with 16,000 employees.