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Virgin Money appoints new independent non-executive director

10/06/2015

  • Geeta Gopalan is appointed to the Board with effect from 25 June 2015.

Virgin Money has today announced that it has strengthened its Board through the appointment of Geeta Gopalan as an Independent Non-Executive Director. Geeta will join the Board on 25 June 2015 and will become a member of the Audit, Risk, Balance Sheet and Remuneration Committees.

Geeta currently holds Independent Non-Executive Directorships with Vocalink, the payment systems and ATM switching platform specialist, and its subsidiary Advanced Payment Technology Ltd, a company focussed on mobile payment solutions. Geeta is also a Non-Executive Member and Vice Chair of the England Committee of the Big Lottery Fund, one of the largest funders of the community and voluntary sector in England.

Geeta’s executive career in financial services included the role of Director of Payment Services with HBOS, and during 17 years with Citigroup she held the roles of Managing Director, UK Retail Bank and Business Development Head EMEA. At Monitise, the AIM listed mobile payments company, Geeta was Chair of Monitise Europe. She was also a member of the Management Board at Vayana Financial Services, a financial services business focused on electronic supply chain financing in India and the Middle East. Geeta also ran her own consultancy business.

Glen Moreno, Chairman of Virgin Money, said: "I am delighted that Geeta Gopalan will join the Board of Virgin Money. Geeta’s broad experience and knowledge of the financial services industry, including digital innovation, will be invaluable to us as we move forward and continue to build the Company. This is an excellent appointment which further strengthens the Board and I look forward to working closely with Geeta."

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NOTES TO EDITORS


1. Virgin Money Board

Following the appointment, the Virgin Money Board will comprise:

  • Glen Moreno, Chairman
  • Jayne-Anne Gadhia, Chief Executive Officer
  • Lee Rochford, Chief Financial Officer
  • Norman McLuskie, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
  • Sir David Clementi*, Independent Non-Executive Director
  • Colin Keogh, Independent Non-Executive Director
  • Marilyn Spearing, Independent Non-Executive Director
  • James B. Lockhart III, Non-Executive Director
  • Gordon McCallum, Non-Executive Director
  • Patrick McCall, Non-Executive Director
  • Geeta Gopalan, Non-Executive Director

(*Sir David Clementi will retire from the Board on 30 June 2015 as previously announced.)


2. Geeta Gopalan CA, BCom (Hons.)


Career history includes:

2013 –

Vocalink Holdings Limited
Non-Executive Director

2014 –

Advanced Payment Technology Ltd
Non-Executive Director

2011 –

Big Lottery Fund England
Non-Executive Director and Vice Chair

Non-Executive experience:

2012 - 2013

Social and Sustainable Capital
Advisory Board Member

2008 - 2015

Pilotlight
Trustee Board Member

Executive experience:

2008 - 2010

Monitise Plc
- Chair Europe
- Member Advisory Board

2009 – 2010

Vayana Financial Services
- Member of the Management Board

2008 - 2009

Consultant – Financial Services

2007 - 2007

Payments Council Limited

2005 - 2007

HBOS Plc
- Director Payment Services HBOS


Supplementary notes

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  • Virgin Money’s business ambition is to make "everyone better off" – this philosophy underpins our approach to business by offering good value to customers, treating employees well, making a positive contribution to society and delivering a profit to our shareholders
  • Virgin Money is the official sponsor of the London Marathon, the biggest annual one-day fundraising event in the world. Virgin Money has helped London Marathon runners raise over £¼ billion, including funds raised through Virgin Money Giving the not-for-profit online fundraising service, since 2010.

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