About Us – The Board and biographies

Executive Directors

Jacques Gaston Murray (99)
Chairman
Mr. Murray’s involvement in the fire industry began in 1961 with his investment in a business which became General Incendie S.A., one of France’s largest fire extinguisher companies. He invested in Nu-Swift and became Chairman in 1982 and the majority shareholder in 1984 when Nu-Swift acquired Associated Fire Protection Limited, which owned General Incendie S.A. He has a business interest in, and is Chairman of, Andrews Sykes Group plc (“Andrews Sykes”), a separately AIM-quoted UK company.

Jean-Jacques Murray (52)
Vice Chairman
Jean-Jacques Murray is the son of Jacques Gaston Murray. He graduated with a BA in Finance from Los Angeles Pepperdine University in 1988 and obtained his master’s degree in 1990. His responsibility is the control and strategic direction of the Group. He is a Non-Executive Vice Chairman of Andrews Sykes.

Xavier Mignolet (55)
Managing Director
Xavier Mignolet joined the Group in 1995. He graduated with a master’s degree in Commercial and Financial Sciences at HEC in Liege in 1987 and started his career in financial audit for PwC in Brussels. He is a Non-Executive Director of Andrews Sykes.

Emmanuel Sebag (50)
Executive Director
Emmanuel Sebag has responsibility for the review and supervision of Group operations. He graduated with a master’s degree in Industrial Administration from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1991. He is a Non-Executive Director of Andrews Sykes.

Independent Non-Executive Directors

Henry Shouler (81)
Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
Henry Shouler is a Director of PKL Holdings plc. He also has a number of other directorships in private companies.

Non-Executive Directors

Jean‑Pierre Murray (50)
Non‑Executive Director
Jean-Pierre Murray is the son of Jacques Gaston Murray. He graduated from Los Angeles Pepperdine University in 1990 with a BA in Finance, and gained his master’s degree in 1993. He is a Non-Executive Director of Andrews Sykes and a number of private companies.

Marie-Claire Leon (55)
Non-Executive Director
Marie-Claire Leon has been responsible for managing various projects around the world with Jacques Gaston Murray. She graduated from California State University in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a particular focus on Marketing Management, New Venture and Small Business Management. She is a Non-Executive Director of Andrews Sykes.