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In 2012, the FTSE 250 rose by 22.5 per cent. The average share price rise for our shortlisted FDs’ companies in the year, however, was 48.8 per cent! 

Meet the candidates for the FDs’ Excellence Awards “FTSE 250 FD of the Year”:

  • Richard Amos, Anite. Richard was appointed group FD for Anite, the networking and travel technology business, in 2009. He was previously group FD at Agilisys and at two listed technology groups, Retail Decisions and VEGA Group. “Since Richard joined us, he has played a key role in the success of our business as it has progressed into the FTSE 250 and as we have cemented our position as one of the leading providers of software solutions to the international wireless and leisure travel industries,” says CEO Christopher Humphrey.
  • Andrew Andrea, Marston’s. Andrew joined brewing legend Marton’s in 2002 and in 2006 he became operations director for Marston’s Pub Company. He was appointed group FD in 2009. A qualified Chartered Accountant, he’s got form in the beer business with spells at Guinness Brewing Worldwide and Bass. “He’s really helped bring a very traditional business to life,” one Academy member told us. “Andrew introduced a highly disciplined approach to capital allocation which has really seen our return on capital increase,” CEO Ralph Findlay says.
  • Paul Doughty, Moneysupermarket.com. Paul joined the UK’s leading price comparison web site in 2004 as CFO, just five years after it started life. As one Academy member noted: “It’s tough to help an entrepreneur-run start-up develop much needed maturity, especially when it goes through tough times. Very impressive.” Chairman Gerald Corbett, himself a veteran FD, added: “Paul’s been key to keeping the company under tight control as part of the entrepreneurial team that took the business public and then the one that rebuilt the business post credit crunch.”
  • Andrew King, Mondi. Appointed Mondi’s vice president of business development in 2002 and corporate development director in 2004, Andrew has served as CFO of the packaging solutions giant from 2005 and group strategy and business development director since 2006 – executing what one Academy member called “a brilliant turn around and financial transformation.” CEO David Hathorn said: “One of his great strengths in capital allocation is helping the exec team avoid being influenced by preconceptions – and ensure, with thorough analysis, that the team looks at options with an open mind.”
  • Rick Medlock, Inmarsat. In addition to his CFO responsibilities since 2004, Rick also oversees customer services, commercial management and the satellite group’s global IT functions – winning praise from one Academy member: “he’s performed a broader role than just pure finance and has helped drive exceptional growth.” A Chartered Accountant, he worked at Nasdaq-listed NDS Group for eight years. “The role of a CFO is perhaps harder today than it has ever been and Inmarsat has been most fortunate in having Rick in this vital role,” said executive chairman Andy Sukawaty.
  • Brian Taylorson, Elementis. Before joining Elementis, Brian was head of the European chemicals M&A group at KPMG, having served in the finance function at Dow Chemical Company for 17 years. But it’s his interpersonal skills that impressed this Academy member: “He’s a joy to deal with – innovative yet humble, professional to the core and someone who recognises the needs of all stakeholders.” CEO David Dutro added: “[His] impressive combination of unwavering integrity, strong communication skills, intellectual horsepower, work ethic and experience make him an outstanding FD and business leader.”

FDs’ Excellence Awards 2013: to celebrate these and other leading finance directors, why not join us at the 2013 FDs’ Excellence Awards, in association with ICAEW, on May 9, 2013? We’ll be recognising top FTSE finance directors as well as service providers to the finance community. The evening is hosted by ICAEW CEO Michael Izza and CBI deputy director-general Neil Bentley, and compered by the incomparable accountant-turned-comedian Fred Macaulay. 

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