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International business executive

Peter Leahy Bonfield, international business executive. Decorated Commander Order of the Lion of Finland; recipient Mountbatten medal National Electronics Council, 1995, Outstanding Executive award Texas Tech University; named Commander of Order of British Empire, 1989.


Bonfield, Peter Leahy was born on June 3, 1944.


Degree in engineering with honors, Loughborough University of Technology, 1966. Doctor (honorary), University Loughborough, 1996. Doctor (honorary), University Surrey, 1994.

Doctor (honorary), University Mid Glamorgan, 1995. Doctor (honorary), University Nottingham & Trent, 1996. Doctor (honorary), Brunel, 1997.

Doctor (honorary), Open University, 1997. Doctor (honorary), Northumbria at Newcastle, 1999. Doctor (honorary), Royal Holloway, University London, 2000.

Doctor (honorary), Kingston University, 2001. Doctor (honorary), Cranfield University, 2001. Doctor (honorary), University Essex, 2001.


With Texas Instruments, Inc., divisional director, 1974-1981. Member board International Computers Ltd., Plc, 1981-1984, managing director, 1984-1985, chairman, Chief Executive Officer, 1985-1996. Member board Standard Telephones and Cables, Plc, 1985-1987, chairman, 1986-1987, deputy chief executive, 1987-1990.

Director British Insulated Calendar & Cables, Plc, 1992-1996. Senior non-executive director Astrazeneca Group, Plc., 1995—2007. Chief Executive Officer British Telecommunications, Plc, London, 1996—2002.

Non-executive deputy chairman International Computers Ltd., Plc, 1997-2000. Past member High Level Working Group, European Commission. Vice president British Quality Foundation, since 1993.

Member international advisory board Citigroup, 1999—2009. Board directors L.M. Ericsson, Sweden, since 2002, Mentor Graphics Corporation Inc., since 2002, T.S.M.C., Taiwan, since 2002. Member advisory board Sony Corporation, since 2004.

Non-executive director corporation board Department Constitutional Affairs Ministry of Justice, 2004—2007. Non-executive member Actis Supervisory Board, since 2005. Director Sony Corporation, 2005.

Chairman supervisory board Next Experience Semiconductor, Netherlands, since 2006. Director Dubai International Capital, 2006—2009. Adviser Apax Partnership, 2008.

Senior adviser Rothschild, London, 2010.


Past member Civil Service College Advisory Board. Liveryman Worshipful Company Information Technologists. Freeman of the City of London.

Fellow: Royal Society Arts, Chartered Institute Marketing, Institute Electrical Engineers, Royal Academy Engineering, British Computer Society. Member: Company Information Technologists, British Council, Confederation of British Industry (president's committee), Institute Management (companion).


  • Other Interests

    Music, skiing, sailing.