Huawei appoints three non-executive directors to UK board


Lord Browne of Madingley becomes non-executive chairman, and is joined on the board by Dame Helen Alexander and Sir Andrew Cahn to review Huawei’s performance in the UK

Huawei has strengthened its UK board with the appointment of Lord Browne of Madingley, Dame Helen Alexander and Sir Andrew Cahn as non-executive directors.

They will be responsible for reviewing the performance of Huawei in the UK, where 70 per cent of its employees are recruited locally, and providing counsel to the UK management team.

Lord Browne of Madingley (pictured) has been brought in as non-executive chairman. He is a partner and managing director of Riverstone Holdings, and co-head of the firm’s Renewable Energy Funds.

Prior to joining Riverstone, he spent 41 years at BP, where he held a number of senior roles including Group treasurer, managing director and CEO of BP Exploration, and managing on the board of The British Petroleum Company.

He has been joined at Huawei by Alexander and Cahn. Alexander is chairman of UBM and the Port of London Authority. She is also deputy of esure Group Holdings, a non-executive director of Rolls Royce Group and senior advisor to Bain Capital.

Cahn is vice chairman of Nomura International and chairman of the City of London’s International Trade and Investment Group.He is also non-executive director of Lloyd’s of London and of General Dynamics (UK) and chair of WWF (UK) and a trustee of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, the Institute for Government and the Arvon Foundation. He was also CEO of UK Trade and Investment from 2006 to 2011.

The three executive directors sitting alongside them on the UK board will be deputy chairman and rotating CEO Ken Hu, board director and senior vice president Chen Lifang and UK CEO Gordon Luo.

The Huawei UK Advisory Board, which was created in 2011, completed its three year term of appointment last year.

The Chinese technology manufacturer said the appointments of the three new non-executive directors demonstrates its commitment to corporate governance as a foundation for further growth and success.

Huawei Group Board chairman and rotating CEO Ken Hu said: “This is just the latest illustration of Huawei’s commitment to openness and transparency and to continuing to build relationships of trust in the UK and across the world.”