A short biography of Centaur's directors and their roles at Centaur.
Neil joined Centaur as Chairman in January 2018. Neil is currently Chairman of Synthomer plc, Motability Operations Group plc, Electra Private Equity plc and the senior independent non-executive director of the Business Growth Fund.
Neil has considerable experience as an independent non-executive director and public company chairman gained in multiple sectors and geographies having overseen as chairman the successful organic and acquired growth strategies of Umeco, Cybit and most recently e2v Technologies.
Neil also held senior executive positions at British Aerospace and in the UK motor manufacturing industry before becoming Chief Executive of RAC Holdings from 1995-1999.
Andria joined Centaur as CEO in November 2013.
From August 2009 to July 2013, Andria was CEO of EMI Music UK & Ireland during which time she successfully transformed the business into a high margin global rights management enterprise by driving consumer focus and digital innovation.
Between April 2008 and August 2009, she was CMO of Bauer Media. As part of the UK management team she was responsible for building the Bauer Media brands to generate greater profitability across the portfolio of 53 magazines, 23 radio stations and all online products.
Andria was MD of Magic FM & National Radio from June 2005 to April 2008. Prior to that, she held a number of managerial, operational and marketing roles at Capital Radio and the BBC.
Swag joined Centaur Media in July 2016 and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in October 2016.
Swag has had senior finance and general management positions with several blue chip FMCG companies and was formerly Group Finance Director of Biocompatibles International plc. Since then he has been CFO of three private equity backed businesses, the latest of which was Safetykleen, a Warburg Pincus Investment.
William Eccleshare is Chairman & CEO of Clear Channel International. He served as a non-executive director of Hays plc from 2004-2014 and has been a board member of the Donmar Warehouse Theatre since 2013.
William was a Partner and Leader of European Branding Practice at McKinsey & Co. He has previously served in international leadership roles at major advertising agencies, including as European Chairman & CEO of BBDO (Omnicom); European Chairman of Young and Rubicam (WPP Group); Chairman & CEO of Ammirati Puris Lintas Northern Europe (Interpublic Group); Global Strategic Planning Director of J. Walter Thompson Worldwide; and CEO, PPGH/JWT Amsterdam.
Robert, a qualified chartered accountant, was a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he was chairman of the PWC European Entertainment and Media Practice for twelve years retiring in 2006. He is a non-executive director, and chairman of the audit committee, of Maxis Berhad (in Malaysia) and Witan Investment Trust PLC.
Rebecca is Founder and CEO of Gloo Networks Plc, a digital transformation company. She began her career in media at Reed Elsevier launching telecom-based information services across Europe. She has since worked across the USA and UK at Time Inc., NBC Universal and most recently at Hearst Corporation. Rebecca helps re-align media organisations through a data driven, customer-centric and collaborative operational approach.
Colin was appointed to the Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 1 September 2018. Until mid-June 2018, Colin was Finance Director of Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC ("Euromoney"), where he worked in leadership roles for 22 years.
During his time at Euromoney, Colin contributed to the group's growth to become a global, multi-brand information business that has successfully transformed itself from its traditional media origins into a company that is more customer-centric and subscription-based. He has extensive M&A expertise through Euromoney's many successful transactions.
Prior to Euromoney, Colin was a Director at Price Waterhouse Europe, where he advised on a wide range of corporate issues including strategy, remuneration, financing, technology and M&A.