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Roberto Quarta

Major Career Roles:

  • Chair of WPP plc
  • Chair of Smith & Nephew plc
  • Partner and Chair of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Europe LLC
  • Director of Gulf Capital Pvt JSC


Other Career Highlights:

  • Chief Executive and then Chair of BB Aviation plc
  • Chair of Rexel SA and IMI plc
  • Director of SPIE SA
  • Independent NED of BAE systems PLC
  • Independent Director of Foster Wheeler AG
  • Chair of Italtel SpA
  • Chair of Azure Dynamics Corp
  • Chair of Signature Aviation PLC
  • Chair of Brake Bros PLC

Roberto Quarta has 30 years of international senior leadership experience acquired from working as a Chair and CEO to CAC All-Tradeable, FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and SBF 120 companies. This has given him a vast wealth of multi-industry knowledge of private equity, media & entertainment, medical technology, defence, aerospace and security, distribution (electrical supplies), engineering and manufacturing.


Roberto is currently Chair of WPP plc and Smith & Nephew plc, a FTSE 100 listed global medical devices company. He is also Partner and Chair of the private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Europe LLC (CD&R).


He was previously Chief Executive and then Chair of BB Aviation plc, Chair of Rexel SA and IMI plc.


Roberto has an in-depth understanding of differing global governance requirements, having served as a Director and Chair of several UK and international companies.


In addition to his Chair roles, Roberto was previously a Non-Executive Director at BAE Systems plc, BTR plc, Equant NV, Foster Wheeler AG and PowerGen plc.