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  • Nominations Committee
  • Nominations Committee Committee Chairman
  • Corporate Governance Committee
  • Corporate Governance Committee Committee Chairman
  • Remuneration Committee
  • Remuneration Committee Committee Chairman
  • Committee Chairman

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

Erik Engstrom

Chief Executive Officer

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Appointed: Chief Executive Officer of RELX Group since November 2009. Joined the Group as Chief Executive Officer of Elsevier in 2004.

Other appointments: Non-Executive Director of Smith & Nephew plc

Past appointments: Prior to joining the Group was a partner at General Atlantic Partners. Before that was President and Chief Operating Officer of Random House Inc and President and Chief Executive Officer of Bantam Doubleday Dell, North America. Began his career as a consultant with McKinsey. Served as a Non-Executive Director of Eniro AB and Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget SCA.

Education: Holds a BSc from Stockholm School of Economics, an MSc from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, and gained an MBA from Harvard Business School as a Fulbright Scholar.

Nationality: Swedish

Nick Luff

Chief Financial Officer

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Appointed: September 2014

Past appointments: Prior to joining the Group was Group Finance Director of Centrica plc from 2007. Before that was Chief Financial Officer at The Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O) and its affiliated companies, having previously held a number of senior finance roles at P&O. Began his career as an accountant with KPMG. Formerly a Non-Executive Director of Lloyds Banking Group plc and QinetiQ Group plc.

Education: Has a degree in Mathematics from Oxford University and is a qualified UK Chartered Accountant.

Nationality: British

BOARD COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP
  • Audit Committees
  • Audit Committees Committee Chairman
  • Nominations Committee
  • Nominations Committee Committee Chairman
  • Corporate Governance Committee
  • Corporate Governance Committee Committee Chairman
  • Remuneration Committee
  • Remuneration Committee Committee Chairman
  • Committee Chairman

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

Anthony Habgood

Chairman

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Appointed: June 2009

Other appointments: Chairman of: Court of the Bank of England and Preqin Holding Limited.

Past appointments: Previously was Chairman of Whitbread plc, Bunzl plc and Mölnlycke Health Care Limited and served as Chief Executive of Bunzl plc, Chief Executive of Tootal Group plc and a Director of The Boston Consulting Group. Formerly Non-Executive Director of Geest plc, Marks and Spencer plc, National Westminster Bank plc, Powergen plc, SVG Capital plc, and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Trust. Chairman of Norwich Research Partners LLP until March 2016 and a member of its board until September 2016.

Education: Holds an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and an MS in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a visiting Fellow at Oxford University.

Nationality: British

Dr Wolfhart Hauser

Non-Executive Director, Senior Independent Director, Chairman of the Remuneration Committee

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Appointed: April 2013

Other appointments: Chairman of FirstGroup plc and a Non-Executive Director of Associated British Foods plc.

Past appointments: Chief Executive Officer of Intertek Group plc from 2005 until 2015. Prior to that he was Chief Executive Officer of TÜV Sud AG between 1998 and 2002 and Chief Executive Officer of TÜV Product Service GmbH for 10 years. Formerly a Non-Executive Director of Logica plc.

Education: Holds a master's degree in Medicine from Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich and a Medical Doctorate from Technical University Munich.

Nationality: German

Adrian Hennah

Non-Executive Director

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Appointed: April 2011

Other appointments: Chief Financial Officer of Reckitt Benckiser Group plc.

Past appointments: Chief Financial Officer of Smith & Nephew plc from 2006 to 2012. Before that was Chief Financial Officer of Invensys plc, having previously held various senior finance and management positions with GlaxoSmithKline for 18 years. Formerly a Non-Executive Director of Indivior PLC.

Nationality: British

Marike van Lier Lels

Non-Executive Director

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Appointed: RELX NV, January 2010. RELX PLC and RELX Group plc, July 2015.

Other appointments: Member of the Supervisory Boards of TKH Group NV, Eneco Holding NV and NS (Dutch Railways), and a member of the Executive Committee of Aegon Association.

Past appointments: Member of the Supervisory Boards of Royal Imtech NV, Maersk BV, KPN NV and USG People NV, and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Schiphol Group. Prior to joining Schiphol Group, was a member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Post Euro Express and held various senior positions with Nedlloyd. Member of various Dutch governmental advisory boards.

Nationality: Dutch

Robert MacLeod

Non-Executive Director

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Appointed: April 2016

Other appointments: Chief Executive of Johnson Matthey Plc.

Past appointments: Prior to joining Johnson Matthey, spent five years as Group Finance Director of WS Atkins plc, having joined as Group Financial Controller in 2003. From 1993 to 2002, held a variety of senior finance and M&A roles with Enterprise Oil plc in the UK and US. Formerly a Non-Executive Director of Aggreko plc.

Nationality: British

Carol Mills

Non-Executive Director

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Appointed: April 2016

Other appointments: Chair of the Board of Directors of Xactly Corporation and an Independent Director of Zynga Inc .

Past appointments: A member of the Boards of Adobe Systems, Alaska Communications, Tekelec Corporation, Blue Coat Systems, WhiteHat Security and Ingram Micro until December 2016. From 2004 to 2006, was Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Infrastructure Products Group at Juniper Networks. From 1998 to 2002 was Chief Executive Officer of Acta Technology, and before Acta, spent 16 years at Hewlett-Packard in a number of executive roles.

Nationality: American

Linda Sanford

Non-Executive Director

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Appointed: December 2012

Other appointments: An independent Director of Consolidated Edison, Inc, Pitney Bowes, Inc and ION Trading UK Limited, and a consultant to The Carlyle Group. Serves on the board of trustees of the New York Hall of Science.

Past appointments: Senior Vice President, Enterprise Transformation, IBM Corporation until 2014, having joined the company in 1975. Formerly a Non-Executive Director of ITT Corporation, served on the boards of directors of The Business Council of New York State and the Partnership for New York City, and on the boards of trustees of the State University of New York, St John’s University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Nationality: American

Ben van der Veer

Non-Executive Director, Chairman of the Audit Committees

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Appointed: September 2009

Other appointments: Member of the Supervisory Boards of Aegon NV and Koninklijke FrieslandCampina NV.

Past appointments: Chairman of the Executive Board of KPMG in the Netherlands and a member of the Management Committee of the KPMG International board until his retirement in 2008, having joined KPMG in 1976. Formerly a member of the Supervisory Boards of Royal Imtech NV, Siemens Nederland NV and TomTom NV.

Nationality: Dutch

* All of the Directors are directors of RELX Group plc, RELX PLC and RELX NV.

About the Board

The Boards of RELX PLC, RELX NV and RELX Group plc are fully aligned with the same membership on each. Appointments are made on the basis of a candidate’s merit, with regard for the benefits of diversity. In recommending appointments, the Nominations Committee takes into account the existing size and composition of the Board, focusing on the balance of skills, experience, independence, knowledge of our Group and diversity, including gender. Currently, the Board is comprised of 3 women and 7 men.

The two executive directors are: Erik Engstrom (Chief Executive Officer) and Nick Luff (Chief Financial Officer).

The eight non-executive directors working alongside them are: Anthony Habgood (Chairman), Wolfhart Hauser, Adrian Hennah, Marike van Lier Lels, Robert MacLeod, Carol Mills, Linda Sanford and Ben van der Veer. The Board considers all non-executive directors (other than the Chairman) to be independent. Anthony Habgood was considered independent on appointment to the Boards as Chairman in 2009. Biographical details of each director can be viewed above.

It is our policy, consistent with the recommendations contained in the UK Corporate Governance Code, that all directors seek re-election by shareholders annually. As a general rule, letters of appointment for non-executive directors provide that, subject to annual re-election by shareholders, individuals will serve for an initial period of three years, and are typically expected to serve for a second three-year period, although they may be invited to serve for a third period of three years.

RELX PLC and RELX NV shareholders maintain their rights to appoint individuals to the respective Boards, in accordance with the provisions of the Articles of Association of these companies. However, no individual may be appointed to the Boards unless recommended by the joint Nominations Committee. Members of the Committee abstain when their own re-appointment is being considered.

Committees

In accordance with the principles of good corporate governance, the following committees have been established by the respective boards and operate to written terms of reference which are available for you to read on this site.

Audit Committees

RELX PLC, RELX NV and RELX Group plc have established Audit Committees. The committees are chaired by Ben van der Veer, supported by Adrian Hennah, Marike van Lier Lels, Carol Mills and Linda Sanford. All committee members are independent non-executive directors.

Corporate Governance Committee

RELX PLC and RELX NV have established a joint Corporate Governance Committee, which comprises only non-executive directors. The committee is chaired by Anthony Habgood, supported by Dr Wolfhart Hauser, Adrian Hennah, Marike van Lier Lels, Robert MacLeod, Carol Mills, Linda Sanford and Ben van der Veer.

The committee reviews developments in corporate governance and makes sure that we work to the accepted standards of best practice; monitors and makes recommendations regarding the structure and operation of the other board committees, and oversees the annual evaluation of the Boards and senior management.

Nominations Committee

RELX PLC and RELX NV have established a joint Nominations Committee, which provides a formal and transparent procedure for the appointment of new directors to the boards.

All of the members of this committee are non-executive directors and it is chaired by Anthony Habgood. The other members are Wolfhart Hauser and Ben van der Veer.

Remuneration Committee

RELX Group plc has established a Remuneration Committee which comprises only non-executive directors. The committee is chaired by Dr Wolfhart Hauser, supported by Anthony Habgood, Robert MacLeod and Carol Mills.

The committee considers the remuneration of executive directors and the Chairman. It also advises on remuneration for senior executives below board level.