Associated British Ports Holdings Ltd
- Board of Directors

Non-Executive Chairman

Robert Walvis was appointed Non-Executive Chairman of Associated British Ports Holdings Ltd in April 2013. Prior to this he was a non-executive director of the Board of Associated British Ports Holdings Ltd from August 2007 as a representative of GIC Special Investments. He is currently also Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Allianz Nederland group NV. He has previously been senior independent director of British Energy plc and Inspicio Plc and between 1971 and 2001 held a series of management positions within the Royal Dutch Shell Group, including Chairman of the Global Corporate Centre, where he was responsible for worldwide strategic planning, external, and environmental affairs.

Chief Executive

James Cooper became Chief Executive and executive director of the Board of Associated British Ports Holdings in April 2013. Prior to this Mr Cooper was a non-executive director of the Board of Associated British Ports Holdings Ltd from May 2007 to January 2013 and was a director of Infracapital, part of M&G Investment Management Limited. From 1998 he worked for BNP Paribas, where he was co-head of UK Corporate Finance. Between 1992 and 1998 he worked for Hambros Bank, where he led the transport sector team and was a director. He was previously Chairman of Red Funnel Group Holdings Ltd, Alticom Holdings BV and Calvin Capital Ltd and a director of Zephyr Investments Ltd and of Kelda Group Ltd.

Chief Financial Officer

Sebastian Bull became Chief Financial Officer and a Director of Associated British Ports Holdings Ltd in February 2011 and is Chairman of the Finance Committee. Mr Bull was previously Director of Finance and Administration at More London Development Limited from 2003 to 2010. From 1998 to 2002, Mr Bull held senior commercial and finance roles, including Corporate Finance Director, Network Development Director and Finance Director, at Railtrack (now Network Rail). Prior to Railtrack, Mr Bull spent 14 years working in corporate finance roles for UBS. Mr Bull trained as a Chartered Accountant for KPMG.

Non-Executive Directors

Philippe Busslinger joined the Board of Associated British Ports Holdings Ltd in June 2011.  He is a member of the Remuneration and Nomination and Finance Committees.  Mr Busslinger is a Senior Vice President at Borealis Infrastructure Management Inc, based in the London office.  Prior to joining Borealis, Mr Busslinger was an executive director with Goldman Sachs in its London office where he advised clients in M&A transactions across Europe.  Previously he worked for McKinsey & Company as a consultant.  Mr Busslinger holds and MBA from Columbian Business School in New York and a BA (Business) from ICADE Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid.

John McManus was appointed as a director of Associated British Ports Holdings Ltd in January 2013.  Prior to this, Mr McManus served as alternate director to Michael Rolland from January 2012.  Mr McManus is Chairman of the Audit Committee.  Mr McManus began his career with an international accounting firm, before working with several successful entrepreneurs on business development, financings and venture capital investments.  He joined Borealis in 2001 and is currently jointly responsible for managing the Borealis transaction team and head of Borealis's London office.  His experience covers investments ranging from nuclear power to satellite technology.  Mr McManus is actively involved with, and is a member of the board of directors of, Bruce Power (the largest generation facility in North America) and Ciel Satellite (provider of satellite communications throughout Canada).  Mr McManus holds a Bachelors of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and is a Chartered Accountant.

George Kay joined the Board of Associated British Ports Holdings Ltd in August 2006.  He is Chairman of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee and a member of the Refinancing Committee.  He is a director of AEI, an emerging-market energy infrastructure company based in Houston.  Mr Kay is also an Advisory Committee Member of Citi Infrastructure Investors.  Prior to joining GIC Special Investments in early 2006, where he is responsible for infrastructure investments in Europe and South America, Mr Kay worked in principal finance for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.  Prior to that he worked for Westpac Banking Corporation as Senior Credit Analyst.

John Morea joined the Board of Associated British Ports Holdings Ltd in June 2011.  He is currently CEO of Scotia Gas Networks (SGN), a £4.2bn company which owns and operates the gas distribution networks in Scotland and across central southern and south-east England, including all the London boroughs south of the River Thames.  SGN employs around 6,000 staff and contractors across its regions and is responsible for the safe and secure provision of gas to some 5.7 million customers.  SGN is a joint venture between Scottish and Southern Energy (50%), OMERS Pension Fund (25%), and Ontario Teachers Pension Fund (25%).  Mr Morea joined SGN in May 2005 from Scottish and Southern Energy Plc where he was Network Director with responsibility for the operation and asset management of SSE's electricity distribution networks.  He has extensive experience of electricity distribution and a growing knowledge of gas.  Mr Morea sits on the SSE Management Board and has been a past Board member of the Energy Networks Association and has over 20 years' experience in utilities; is a member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology and Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers.

Stewart Hicks joined the Board of Associated British Ports Holdings Ltd in November 2013. He is currently also a Senior Advisor with Bamboo Finance, an impact investment fund, and sits on the Investment Committee of CDC, the UK government development fund. Mr Hicks worked at GIC, the Singapore Government sovereign wealth fund from 2008 to 2014; and sat on a number of boards of investee companies in India and Hong Kong. With GIC and his previous position in the International Finance Corporation (part of the World Bank Group) Mr Hicks evaluated projects for investment in both emerging and developed markets covering infrastructure, natural resources, engineering, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals. He has a further 15 years' general management experience managing business in competitive industries in the USA, Europe, India, Singapore, China, and Hong Kong, working for APW, VERO, BICC, M&M Mars, and British Aluminium. Mr Hicks holds an MBA with distinction from London Business School and has a Physics degree from the University of Oxford.

Cressida Hogg joined the Board of Associated British Ports Holdings Ltd in July 2015. She is Managing Director and Head of Infrastructure for the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). Based in London, she is responsible for overseeing CPPIB’s significant global infrastructure program which, as of March 31, 2015 amounted to C$15.2 billion in assets. Prior to joining CPPIB in 2014, Ms Hogg was the Managing Partner of 3i’s infrastructure business, which she co-founded in 2005. While at 3i, she was appointed a member of the UK government’s Infrastructure Advisory Council, created to strengthen links between the government and private sector. Ms Hogg currently is a Director of Land Securities Group and of Anglian Water Group. Ms Hgg holds a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from St. John’s College Oxford and an MBA from the London Business School. She was awarded a CBE in 2014.

Robert Wall joined the Board of Associated British Ports Holdings Ltd in July 2015. He is a Senior Principal in the Infrastructure team for the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and is based in London. Since joining CPPIB in 2007, Robert has played a key role on transactions in the transportation, energy and communications infrastructure sectors. He is currently a Director of Arqiva in the UK and previously on the Board of Broadcast Australia. Prior to joining CPPIB in 2007, Robert worked as a civil engineer in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Robert holds an MBA from Queen’s University, Canada, and a B. Engineering from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. 

Peter Hofbauer joined the Board of Associated British Ports Holdings Ltd in July 2015. Mr Hofbauer joined Hermes Infrastructure in late 2010 as Head of Infrastructure and is responsible for co-ordinating the team’s activities and infrastructure investments. He chairs the infrastructure investment committee. Peter has over 30 years financial services experience including 28 years of global infrastructure investing. His previous roles include Global Head of Infrastructure at Babcock & Brown where he was involved in the origination and management of more than 170 assets ($25 billion of infrastructure assets globally) over 20 years, and Associate Director at Westpac Banking Corporation, focusing on project finance and advisory services. Mr Hofbauer qualified as a Bachelor of Business at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. He is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a Member of the Tax Institute (Australia).

Hakim Drissi joined the Board of Associated British Ports Holdings Ltd in July 2015. Mr Drissi is the Managing Director of Wren House Infrastructure (WHI). Mr. Drissi is responsible for WHI’s activities globally and is a member of its investment committee. He covers all aspects of WHI’s mandate and provides leadership and coordination across all areas of the business including origination, execution and asset management. Prior to Wren House, Mr. Drissi was part of the Corporate Finance and M&A team of BoA Merrill Lynch based in London and New York. Mr. Drissi is also on the board of Viesgo Infraestructuras Energéticas S.L.

Alternate Non-Executive Directors

Michael Rolland was appointed alternate director to John McManus, Philippe Busslinger, and John Morea in January 2013.  Prior to this Mr Rolland was a non-executive director of the Board of Associated British Ports Holdings Ltd from 2008 to January 2013. He became president and CEO of Borealis Infrastructure in March 2007 and has overall executive responsibility for Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System's investments in infrastructure assets and ensuring senior management maintains strong and open relationships with asset operators and investment partners.  In 1998, Mr Rolland joined Borealis where he has originated, structured and managed many complex investments.  Before this he developed and led a public-sector and healthcare-advisory firm specialising in corporate and structured financings; and was a senior tax manager at an international accounting firm.

Perry Noble was appointed alternate director in July 2015. Mr Noble joined Hermes Infrastructure in 2012 becoming a Partner in 2013. He is responsible for the due diligence, transition and management of new infrastructure investments and is a member of the infrastructure investment committee. Previously a Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Mr Noble has over 20 years experience as a leading transacting lawyer primarily working in infrastructure investment across all sectors. Whilst at Freshfields he was also Asia Managing Partner, Global Head of Finance and a member of the firm’s executive committee. He sits on various portfolio company boards, including as a director of the Thames Water holding company and the Hermes Infrastructure Fund’s renewable energy investee companies, is a director, on behalf of Hutchison Whampoa, for alternative real estate developer Long Harbour Limited. Between 2010 and 2014 he was Independent Chairman of Connect Plus, the consortium company responsible for the upgrade and maintenance of the M25 under a 25 year PPP contract. Selected infrastructure experience: numerous London Underground and London Transport PPP projects, multiple telecom infrastructure investments, multiple social infrastructure PFI/PPP projects including schools, court buildings and police headquarters, international transport projects, equity funding for a green field water desalination plant, and various equity investments and debt financings across a range of secondary infrastructure opportunities in PPP and social infrastructure. Mr Noble is a qualified solicitor and holds a BA Law (Hons) from North East London Polytechnic and an LLM from the University of Bristol.

Petros Stylianides was appointed alternate director in July 2015. Mr Stylianides is a principal at Wren House Infrastructure where he is involved in all areas of the business including origination, execution and asset management. While working at Wren House, Mr Stylianides was involved in the acquisition of EON Spain (now Viesgo Infraestructuras Energéticas S.L.) and the 25% acquisition of GPG, a subsidiary of Gas Natural Fenosa. Prior to joining Wren House Infrastructure, Mr Stylianides spent 11 years in the investment banking divisions of Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley, and 3 years as a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. Throughout his professional career, he has focused on the energy infrastructure sector and has worked on a large number of M&A and equity financing transactions. Petros has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from UMIST and a Masters of Philosophy in Management Studies from Cambridge University.