ConvaTec Group said it had appointed Dr John McAdam as chairman with effect from 30 September 2019, the same date that Karim Bitar was set to join as chief executive officer. Dr John McAdam has recently stepped down as Chairman of Rentokil Initial and was due to retire as chairman of United Utilities Group PLC on 31st December 2019, having taken up the role of Chairman of both companies in 2008. He was also senior independent director of Cobham plc, a position he had held since August 2017, and non executive director of Wilmcote Holdings since October 2018. McAdam ahd previously been a non executive director of a number of FTSE 100 and US companies, including Rolls-Royce Group plc, J Sainsbury plc and The Sara Lee Corporation. He spent more than two decades at Unilever before joining ICI, where he became Chief Executive in 2003 until its takeover by Akzo Nobel in 2008. On 30th September, Rick Anderson would step down from his current interim role as executive chairman to resume his role as a non executive director of ConvaTec.
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