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Making excellence a habit
Howard Kerr was appointed to the Board in November 2008 and assumed the position of Chief Executive in January 2009. After a period at Associated British Ports, his early career was spent in business development roles in the fields of shipping, logistics and B2B marketing with Inchcape PLC in the UK, Japan, China and the Middle East. Subsequently he joined SHV Holdings NV, where he held general management positions in the energy division, including Chief Executive of Calor Group Ltd, UK, and Senior Vice-president on the International Management Board of SHV Gas in the Netherlands.
Craig Smith joined the Board as Group Finance Director in August 2011. A Chartered Certified Accountant, he began his career in 1985 with Coats Viyella PLC, undertaking finance roles in Australia, Spain, the UK, Morocco, Hungary and Finland. On his return to the UK in 1997 he was European Finance Director for two large American corporations in the product identification and printing ink industries. Immediately prior to joining BSI he was Group Finance Director of two UK-listed companies, Huntleigh Technology PLC from 2003 to 2007 and Management Consulting Group PLC from 2007 onwards.
Pietro is responsible for the delivery of BSI’s rolling three year strategic plan and the development of the global Systems Certification business stream. Before joining BSI in September 2014, Pietro spent 14 years at Bureau Veritas in senior strategic and international operational roles. Prior to that he worked at Mercer Management Consulting, becoming a partner in their Paris office.
Grainne Brankin joined BSI as General Counsel and Company Secretary in July 2017. She is a UK qualified solicitor with extensive international experience as a strategic advisor, legal team leader and corporate lawyer. After qualifying at Clifford Chance, Grainne worked as a commercial lawyer in London and Paris specialising in telecoms and technology sectors and then spent nearly 10 years with Yahoo! Inc in various senior legal roles. Her experience includes General Counsel and Company Secretary roles at UK listed, US multinational and private-equity owned companies.
Sir David Brown joined the Board as Non-executive Director in May 2010 and became Chairman in March 2012. He was Chairman of Motorola Ltd from 1997 to 2008 and was also Motorola’s Global Governance Advisor. A Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, he was President of the Federation of the Electronics Industry and President of the Institution of Electrical Engineers. He was the first President of the Chartered Quality Institute, during which time it secured its Royal Charter status. He is Non-executive Director of TTG Global Group Ltd.
Scott Steedman joined the Group in January 2012 and was appointed to the Board in October 2012. Following seven years as an academic at Cambridge University he spent over twenty years in industry, holding senior roles in consulting companies working on infrastructure projects in the UK and around the world. Appointed Vice President (policy) for the International Standards Organisation (ISO) in January 2017, he is a former Vice President of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Royal Academy of Engineering, where he continues to serve as Editor-in-Chief of the Academy’s flagship magazine, Ingenia. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Engineering Council.