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Sir Crispin Henry Lamert Davis, OBE , is a non-executive director of GlaxoSmithKline PLC. He is due to become a non-executive director of Vodafone Group plc with effect from 28 July 2014.


Davis, Crispin was born on March 19, 1949.


Oriel College.


Sir Crispin was the Chairman of StarBev Netherlands BV until 2012 and previously chairman of the board and the chief executive officer of Reed Elsevier Group PLC. He also served as the chief executive officer of Aegis Group PLC from 1994 until 1999. He was a board member at Guinness PLC, and the group managing director of United Distillers from 1990 to 1993. For twenty years, he served at Procter & Gamble, in senior positions in the United Kingdom, Germany, and North America.

Davis earned a bachelor's degree from Oriel College at Oxford University. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2004 for services to the information industry. He is the brother of former McKinsey & Company managing director Ian Davis.


  • Achievements include Knighted for services to the information industry, 2004.