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Jonathan Symonds

Senior Adviser

Jonathan Symonds has extensive international financial and governance experience. He is Chairman of HSBC Bank plc, HSBC’s European business. Prior to this Mr Symonds was Chief Financial Officer of Novartis AG from 2009 to 2013. Before joining Novartis, Mr Symonds was partner and managing director of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in the United Kingdom. He also has eight years of experience as CFO of AstraZeneca PLC, and previously held positions as Group Finance Director at Zeneca and partner at KPMG. Other previous roles include director of Diageo PLC, director of Qinetiq PLC, chairman of the 100 Group of Finance Directors, joint chairman of the Business Tax Forum, board member of the Accounting Standards Board, and founder of the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation Research. Mr Symonds graduated with a first-class degree in business finance from the University of Hertfordshire and became a Fellow of Chartered Accountants in 1982. He is a Commander of the British Empire (CBE).

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