Martin Broughton

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Sir Martin Broughton
Chairman of British Airways
In office
July 2004 December 2013
Preceded by Colin Marshall, Baron Marshall of Knightsbridge
Succeeded by Keith Williams
Chairman of Liverpool Football Club
In office
10 April 2010 13 October 2010
Preceded by Tom Hicks &
George N. Gillett, Jr.
Succeeded by Tom Werner
Personal details
Born (1947-04-15) 15 April 1947 (age 71)
London, United Kingdom
Profession Businessman

Sir Martin Faulkner Broughton (born 15 April 1947) [1] is a British businessman and Deputy Chairman of International Airlines Group. Formed in January 2011, IAG is the parent company of British Airways, Iberia and Vueling. It is a Spanish registered company with shares traded on the London Stock Exchange and Spanish Stock Exchanges. The corporate head office for IAG is in London, UK.. He is also a managing partner at Sports Investment Partners. He is a former chairman of Liverpool Football Club and also served as President of the Confederation of British Industry.

International Consolidated Airlines Group, S.A., often shortened to IAG, is an Anglo-Spanish multinational airline holding company with its registered office in Madrid, Spain and its operational headquarters in London, UK. It was formed in January 2011 after a merger agreement between British Airways and Iberia, the flag carrier airlines of the United Kingdom and Spain respectively. As British Airways was the larger company, those holding shares in British Airways at the time of the merger were given 55% of the shares in the new, merged company. British Airways and Iberia ceased to be independent companies and instead became 100% owned subsidiaries of IAG. It is the sixth-largest airline company in the world, producing €22.972 billion revenue in 2017. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange and the Madrid Stock Exchange. It is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index and IBEX 35 Index.

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Iberia, legally incorporated as Iberia, Líneas Aéreas de España, S.A. Operadora, Sociedad Unipersonal, is the flag carrier airline of Spain, founded in 1927. Based in Madrid, it operates an international network of services from its main base of Madrid-Barajas Airport. Iberia, with Iberia Regional and with Iberia Express, is a part of Iberia Group. In addition to transporting passengers and freight, Iberia Group carries out related activities, such as aircraft maintenance, handling in airports, IT systems and in-flight catering. Iberia Group airlines fly to over 109 destinations in 39 countries, and a further 90 destinations through code-sharing agreements with other airlines.


Former career

Broughton joined British American Tobacco in 1971, becoming Finance Director in 1988, Group chief executive and Deputy chairman in 1993 and, ultimately, Chairman and chief executive in 1998. In 1999, he also became an independent director of the British Horseracing Board, eventually succeeding Peter Saville as chairman in July 2004, at which point he retired from his roles at BAT.

British American Tobacco British multinational tobacco company

British American Tobacco plc (BAT) is a British multinational cigarette and tobacco manufacturing company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It is the largest publicly traded tobacco company in the world.

From 10 June 1993 until 30 July 2007, the British Horseracing Board (BHB) was the governing authority for horseracing in Great Britain. It was created in 1993, and took on responsibilities previously held by the Jockey Club. This was intended to help modernise the sport, as the Jockey Club is a private members' club with a traditionally aristocratic membership, and was seen by some as being unaccountable and a relic of the tradition of amateurism in British sports administration. The Jockey Club however retained responsibility for matters concerned with the regulation of the sport, such as integrity, discipline and equine health. The British Horseracing Board focused on organising and promoting the sport and enhancing its commercial position. This was an extract from its statement of aims published in 2006:

As the Governing Authority for Racing, we will promote the interests of our sport and industry in whatever way we can.... We will work to attract and retain more racehorse owners, racegoers and other customers. We will seek to maintain and promote horseracing as a competitive and attractive sport and betting medium. We also wish to see the best possible training and working conditions for those employed in the industry, and the highest possible standards of care for horses.

Other directorships which Broughton has held include Wiggins Teape Group 1989–90 (as chairman), Eagle Star 1992–93 (as chairman) and Whitbread 1993–2000 (as non-executive director). [2]

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Broughton was knighted in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to business. [3] [4]

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British Airways chairman

Sir Martin joined the British Airways board as a non-executive director in May 2000 became the Deputy chairman in November 2003 [5] and became chairman in July 2004. Previous relevant experience: Chairman, British Airways 2004-2013.

Liverpool F.C. chairman

On 16 April 2010, Liverpool F.C. appointed Martin Broughton to be their new chairman, despite the fact that he is a lifelong Chelsea supporter. [6] [7] Broughton was tasked with expediting the sale of the club to new owners. [8]

Liverpool F.C. Association football club in England

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Chelsea F.C. association football club

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On 6 October 2010, it was announced that Liverpool F.C. was to be sold to New England Sports Ventures (NESV) for the sum of £300m – significantly lower than the sums being requested by the club's existing owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett. [9] In an attempt to scupper the deal, Tom Hicks attempted to sack Broughton's fellow directors Christian Purslow and Ian Ayre and install his son Mack Hicks and his assistant Lori Kay McCutcheon to reconstitute the board. [9] This would have given Hicks and Gillette control of the board and effectively block the sale. [9] However, on his appointment, Broughton had insisted that he be the only person with this right, and this clause had been installed into the articles of association of Liverpool F.C. [9]

Broughton and the rest of the Liverpool F.C. board won the right to sell the club in a High Court case against Hicks and Gillett on 13 October 2010. [10] The ruling was described by the fans' group Kop Faithful as “It's like a huge cloud has been lifted off us.....Hicks and Gillett leave with no legacy, apart from one of chaos.” Broughton was succeeded as Liverpool F.C. chairman by Tom Werner after the takeover was completed by NESV. [7]

Tote Bid

In 2009, he spearheaded a private equity bid to buy The Tote as part of the government's privatisation process. The bid was made through an investment vehicle called Sports Investment Partners, with which his son Michael is also involved. The bid was one of five that successfully passed the first round of the process in January 2011. [11]

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George Nield Gillett Jr. is an American businessman. Originally from Wisconsin, he lives in Vail, Colorado. He is married and has four children.

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Dubai International Capital

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The Tote, formerly the Horserace Totalisator Board and called in rhyming slang the nanny, is a British bookmaker with head offices in Wigan. It was owned from its formation in 1928 by the UK Government but was sold to Betfred in July 2011. Under the brand totesport the Tote has 514 high street betting shops, outlets on most of Britain's 60 racecourses, as well as internet and call centre divisions. The company is known for its pool bets such as the Scoop6, and until July 13th 2008 was the only organisation in the UK that was allowed to run pool betting on horseracing. On July 13th 2018 Colossus Bets among others entered the UK market offering Horse racing (tote) pools also in competition with The Tote

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Keith Reginald Harris is a London-based investment banker and financier with a 30-year career as a senior corporate finance and takeover advisor, having held senior executive positions at leading institutions Morgan Grenfell, Drexel Burnham Lambert, Apax Partners, and HSBC Investment Bank. He is a private equity investor with interests in varied private equity holdings in financials, media, and sport.

Terry Neill is a racehorse owner and former Liverpool FC shareholder. He hails from the Queen's Drive area of Liverpool, but by 2001 was living at Chalfont St Giles in Buckinghamshire.


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  2. "Martin Broughton Elected as next Chairman of BHB". British Horseracing Board. 24 March 2004.
  3. "No. 59647". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2010. p. 1.
  4. New Year Honours: Broughton and Carr business knights
  6. "Profile: Sir Martin Broughton". Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  7. 1 2 Pearce, James (22 November 2010). "Martin Broughton: Liverpool F.C. was "one of the most memorable experiences of my working life"". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  8. "Liverpool put up for sale by American owners". BBC Sport. BBC. 16 April 2010. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  9. 1 2 3 4 "Broughton attacks Tom Hicks and George Gillett over attempt to block New England Sports Ventures' takeover". Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers Ltd. 6 October 2010. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  10. Prosser, David (16 October 2010). "Martin Broughton: Last-minute winner". The Independent. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  11. Scutts, Andrew (2 February 2011). "Reuben brothers confirmed as still in running for Tote". Racing Post . London. p. 5.
Business positions
Preceded by
New company
Deputy Chairman of IAG
2010 2016
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Colin Marshall, Baron Marshall of Knightsbridge
Chairman of British Airways
July 2004 December 2013
Succeeded by
Keith Williams
Preceded by
Deputy Chairman of British Airways
November 2003 July 2004
Succeeded by