Sir John Peace
Sir John Peace is Chairman of Standard Chartered PLC. He joined the Board of Standard Chartered PLC in 2007 as Deputy Chairman and was appointed Chairman in 2009. He is also Chairman of Burberry Group plc.
Sir John has a strong financial services and retailing background. In 1980 he was one of the founders of CCN Systems, an early pioneer of credit scoring techniques, risk models and the development of customer segmentation systems. CCN also provided credit card processing services to financial and retail organisations. CCN went on to become Experian plc, a global information services company providing data and analytical tools to clients in over 90 countries.
In 2000, Sir John became Group CEO of GUS plc, of which Experian and Burberry were a part. He spearheaded a major restructuring strategy to refocus the group, including the acquisition and disposal of more than 50 businesses worldwide. In 2002, Burberry was floated on the London Stock Exchange with Sir John Peace as its Chairman, a position he continues to hold. Burberry today is a leading global luxury brand with worldwide retail operations. In 2006, Sir John was appointed Chairman of Experian following the demerger of GUS Plc, a position he held until he stepped down in July 2014.
Sir John is committed to supporting his local community and has a long standing interest in education. For 10 years he was Chairman of the Board of Governors of Nottingham Trent University. A key theme during his time as Chairman was the development of an entrepreneurial culture, including the appointment of a new Vice Chancellor from the private sector, a new five-year strategic plan and a large investment in estates. He has been a Trustee of the Djanogly City Academy in Nottingham since 1999. The Academy was one of the first of five schools in England to be recognised by the Chinese Government for its excellence in teaching Mandarin and supporting the training of language teachers. 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.