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8 February 2012 | PR 12/23

Sir Peter Bonfield appointed as Loughborough’s Chair of Council

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Sir Peter Bonfield

Sir Peter Bonfield CBE FREng, a leading international business executive, has taken up the role of Chair of Council and Senior Pro-Chancellor at Loughborough University. He succeeds Sir Bryan Carsberg, who held the post for ten years.

Sir Peter has over 45 years’ experience in the fields of electronics, computers and communications. He began his career with Texas Instruments in the USA and, after various design, manufacturing and management roles, joined computer company ICL plc in 1981, where he rose to become Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

In 1996 Sir Peter was appointed as CEO and Chairman of the Executive Committee of British Telecommuncations plc, where he served until early 2002. During his tenure, BT was the world's fifth largest telecommunications company, employing over 130,000 people.

Sir Peter's career has included non-executive roles at a number of successful businesses, including AstraZeneca PLC.

Currently, Sir Peter manages a diverse international portfolio of appointments, including Chairmanship of the Board of NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ: NXPI) in The Netherlands, and Board Directorships with Tokyo-based Sony Corporation, LM Ericsson in Sweden, Taiwan’s TSMC and Oregon-based Mentor Graphics Corporation Inc in America.  He is Advisor to Apax Partners LLP, Senior Advisor to N M Rothschild, both in London, and Board Mentor at CMi in Belgium.  He is also Advisor to Longreach LLP in Hong Kong and NVP LLP in New Jersey. 

Sir Peter is a Fellow of several professional bodies, including the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and the Royal Society of Arts.  He holds an honours degree in Engineering from Loughborough.

“I am delighted to welcome Sir Peter to the role of Chairman of Council,” said Vice Chancellor Professor Shirley Pearce. “As a Loughborough graduate, Sir Peter already knows us well and we are very fortunate to have him working with us. I am sure that under his chairmanship the University will continue to go from strength to strength.”

Sir Peter commented: “I am especially honoured to take up this appointment and will endeavour to build on the significant achievements of my predecessor, Sir Bryan Carsberg.  I am fortunate to join Loughborough at such an exciting time in its history and look forward to working with the exceptional management team in place.”

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Notes for editors:

1. Further information on Sir Peter Bonfield is available on his website.

2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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