Meet the management

Centaur is an international provider of business information and specialist consultancy that inspires and enables people to excel at what they do within the marketing and legal professions. Our Xeim and The Lawyer business units serve the marketing and legal sectors respectively and, across both, we offer our customers a wide range of products and services targeted at helping them add value.

Our reputation is based on the trust and confidence arising from a deep understanding of these sectors and we have developed a strong track record for providing insight, content and data.  Our key strengths are the expertise of our people, the quality of our brands and products, and our ability to harness technology to innovate continually and develop our offering. This enables us to help our customers raise their aspirations and deliver better performance.

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Colin Jones

Chairman

Colin joined Centaur on 1 September 2018 and became Chair on 30 June 2019. Until mid-June 2018, Colin was Finance Director of Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC (Euromoney), where he worked in leadership roles for 22 years. He is also an independent non-executive director, and audit committee chair, at M&C Saatchi PLC, and a non-executive director and trustee of City Lit., London’s leading adult education college. During his time at Euromoney, Colin contributed to its 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 joining Euromoney, Colin was a Director at Price Waterhouse Europe, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW).

Member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees.

Swagatam Mukerji

Chief Executive Officer

Swag joined Centaur in July 2016 and has previously held senior international general management and commercial financial positions with several blue chip FMCG companies, including United Biscuits plc, Guinness plc and Virgin, where he operated as a trouble-shooter, value creator and change agent. As Group Finance Director of Biocompatibles International plc, he co-led the commercialisation and growth of the company with the CEO, increasing the share price fourfold in a falling market.

Since then he has been a C-suite director of three private equity backed businesses in a variety of sectors with the common themes of strategy refresh and turnaround. He has also led a substantial number of M&A transactions and multi-lender refinancings. Swag qualified as a Chartered Accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and is a Warwick MBA.

Simon Longfield

Chief Financial Officer

Simon joined Centaur on 6 November 2019.  He has spent the past 10 years as CFO of BMI Research, a leading provider of macroeconomic, industry and financial market analysis, which was acquired by Fitch Group in 2014.  During his time at BMI Research revenues more than doubled as the company expanded internationally with Simon’s support.

Prior to this, Simon was CFO of Newfound, an AIM-listed property and leisure group.  Simon began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and worked in London and Australia.

William Eccleshare

Senior Independent Director

William joined Centaur in July 2016.  William is Chairman and CEO of Clear Channel International. He served as a non-executive director of Hays plc from 2004-2014, has been a board member of the Donmar Warehouse Theatre since 2013 and is an independent non-executive director of Britvic plc. 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 and CEO of BBDO (Omnicom); European Chairman of Young and Rubicam (WPP Group); Chairman and CEO of Ammirati Puris Lintas Northern Europe (Interpublic Group); Global Strategic Planning Director of J. Walter Thompson Worldwide; and CEO of PPGH/JWT Amsterdam.

Member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees.

Carol Hosey

Non-Executive Director

Carol joined Centaur on 5 February 2020 and is Chair of Centaur’s Remuneration Committee.  Carol is currently Group HR Director at Mace, the international consultancy and construction group.  She has extensive remuneration experience at executive and board level and has spent over 20 years in senior HR roles, including positions at Mitie Group plc, Nationwide Building Society and Lloyds Banking Group.

Chair of the Remuneration Committee and member of the Audit and Nomination Committees. She is also the Non-Executive Director sponsor of Centaur’s workforce advisory panel known has DICE.

Leslie-Ann Reed

Non-Executive Director

Leslie-Ann joined Centaur on 1 March 2020.  Leslie-Ann is a Chartered Accountant and Chair of Centaur’s Audit Committee. Leslie-Ann is an experienced non-executive director and chairs the audit committees at Learning Technologies Group plc and Induction Healthcare Group PLC. She is also a non-executive director of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.  Leslie-Ann’s executive roles have included CFO of the B2B publisher Metal Bulletin plc and the online auctioneer Go Industry plc.

Chair of the Audit Committee and member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees.

Steve Newbold

Group Managing Director Xeim

Steve is Group Managing Director of Xeim. He oversees the Xeim brands comprising Marketing Week, Festival of Marketing, Creative Review, Econsultancy including Oystercatchers, Influencer Intelligence and Fashion & Beauty Monitor, and MarketMakers including Really.

Prior to this Steve was responsible for Centaur’s Media and Events portfolios and Home Interest Division. Before joining Centaur in 2015 Steve held Managing Director roles at WGSN, i2i Events, Emap Communications (now Ascential) and Emap Consumer Media (now Bauer). He has experience of running multi-media, international businesses in key sectors across both B2B and Consumer markets.

Andy Baker

Managing Director The Lawyer

Andy is Managing Director of The Lawyer. He joined Centaur in 2017 and has over 20 years experience of running B2B and B2C online businesses, including Managing Director positions in online acquisitions and start-ups at ITV, Trinity Mirror and Guardian Media Group.

Prior to joining Centaur, he was Managing Director of Public Sector at EMAP, part of Ascential plc, where he successfully transformed the market-leading Health Service Journal from print to digital-only, and from advertising to subscriptions. At Centaur he has successfully delivered substantial new digital products and accelerated growth in subscriptions.  Andy holds a first class degree from Oxford and an MBA from IMD Business School, Switzerland.

Jacquie MacKenzie

Group Head of HR

Jacquie is the Group Head of HR and joined the Executive Committee in January 2020. Prior to joining Centaur in 2015, Jacquie worked for Lloyds Banking Group, where she undertook a number of senior HR roles.  She also spent five years working for Lloyd’s Retail Banking Division in Customer Experience and as Head of Engagement in the London 2012 Sponsorship Team.

Talent and performance are critical to get right in any business and Jacquie is particularly interested in the role that diversity, culture and engagement play in ensuring that Centaur achieves to its highest potential.

Suki Thompson

CEO and Founding Partner of Oystercatchers

Suki joined Centaur in October 2016 as a result of the acquisition of Oystercatchers. Suki started her career agency-side with companies such as DDB, WWAV, Publicis, TBWA and Y&R in London and Asia before founding Haystack Consultancy, which created a framework for the modern pitch intermediary.

As well as her work at Oystercatchers, Suki has been the Chair of The Marketing Society, a long-standing member of WACL (Women in Advertising and Communications London) and is on The Board of Trustees for Macmillan Cancer Support and Touraid. She is a regular contributor to the national and marketing press and speaker at industry conferences.

In 2012 Suki was made a Freeman of the City of London and given an honorary Doctorate by Coventry University for her services to International Business.