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Sir Jan du Plessis

Major Career Roles:

  • Chair of BT Group plc
  • Chair of Rio Tinto plc
  • Chair of SABMiller plc
  • Chair of British American Tobacco plc


Other Career Highlights: 

  • SID of Marks & Spencer Group plc
  • NED of Bank of Scotland plc
  • NED of Lloyds Banking Group plc
  • Chair of RHM plc
  • Group FD of Compagnie Financiere Richemont SA
  • Director of Hanover Direct Inc
  • NED of Vendome Luxury Group plc
  • Director of Rothmans Inc

Sir Jan du Plessis is a highly experienced international Chair having held roles with some of the largest FTSE 100 companies. His career has encompassed sectors including telecommunications, mining, brewing, tobacco, food, and luxury goods.


Jan is Chair of the Financial Reporting Council in the UK and the former Chair of BT Group plc, Rio Tinto plc, SABMiller plc and British American Tobacco plc. He also served as NED and Chair of the Audit Committee of Lloyds Banking Group plc,  as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of UK retailer Marks & Spencer plc and as Chair of a leading food manufacturer, RHM plc.


Jan has extensive experience within multi-national companies with large international operations and has an in-depth understanding of corporate governance practices in various jurisdictions.


He served as Group Finance Director of Richemont for 16 years before then pursuing a plural career, becoming Chair of some of the largest FTSE100 companies.