Heather J. McGregor CBE has enjoyed a distinguished career in business
International Game Technology plc has announced the appointment of Heather J. McGregor (54) as an independent director to the group's board effective March 8, 2017.
"Heather's global perspective and years of experience in talent acquisition and finance, along with her commitment to diversity and board experience, will be valuable additions to the expertise of our board," said Philip Satre, chairman of IGT.
McGregor is a British citizen and currently resides in the U.K. She is the Executive Dean of the Edinburgh Business School, the graduate school of business of Heriot-Watt University in the U.K.. She is also the principal shareholder and non-executive chairman of the executive search firm Taylor Bennett.
In addition, McGregor is a director of Non-Standard Finance plc, a company specialising in offering consumer loans in the U.K.
She has a Ph.D. from the University of Hong Kong in Structured Finance and is an experienced writer and broadcaster, including writing for the Financial Times for 17 years.
In her early career, McGregor worked in financial public relations and investor relations before completing an MBA at the London Business School and joining ABN Amro as a sell-side analyst, where she spent eight years working in London, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Tokyo.
She is the founder of the Taylor Bennett Foundation, which works to promote diversity in the communications industry by equipping talented graduates from ethnic minorities with the skills and confidence to pursue successful communications careers. She is also a founding member of the steering committee of the 30% Club, which is working to raise the representation of women at senior levels within the U.K.'s publicly listed companies.
In June 2015, McGregor was made a Commander of the British Empire for her services to diversity and employment. In February 2017, she was appointed by the U.K. Government to be a member of the Honours Committee for the Economy.
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