Rick Haythornthwaite is the Chairman of Centrica plc, a FTSE100 company, and Chairman of the global board at the NYSE-listed Mastercard Inc. He is a co-founder and Chairman of QIO Technologies, an industrial internet of things technology company. He is also an investor in and Chairman of ARC International, the global glass tableware manufacturer. He was the CEO of Invensys from 2001-2005 and Blue Circle Industries from 1999-2001, having joined as director of Asia and Europe in 1997. He spent his early career in BP from 1978-1995 before moving to Premier Oil as commercial director from 1995 to 1997. He has served as on the boards of Network Rail as Chairman and Cookson, Lafarge, ICI and Land Securities as non-executive director. He was educated at MIT (Sloan Fellow) and The Queen’s College, Oxford (MA Geology).