LMS Capital plc, a listed UK buyout firm, appointed Robert Rayne to succeed Jonathan Agnew
as Chairman. Payne was previously a director at energy-focused buyout firm First Reserve.
LMS Capital is today pleased to announce the appointment of Glenn Payne as
Chief Executive of the Company with effect from 1st March 2010. Glenn will
succeed Robert Rayne who will remain with LMS Capital as Chairman.
Glenn (aged 45) is currently a Director of First Reserve Corporation, a leading
investment firm specialising in the energy industry. Previously he was the
Director of Strategy for Suez Energy, a major global electricity and gas
provider. He also worked at McKinsey & Co. as an Engagement Manager serving
electric power and natural gas clients. Before joining McKinsey, he was at the
Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO, now BP), where he served as a Director of
Business Development. Earlier experiences include positions at ARCO Coal as a
strategic analyst and as a consultant at Arthur Andersen in their Melbourne,
Australia and Singapore offices.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting and Commercial Law from
the University of Melbourne, an MBA from the University of Michigan and is a
He will chair the Company’s Investment Committee and take direct responsibility
for running its operations in the US and other overseas locations. Pieter
Hooft, Managing Director of UK investments, will support Glenn by leading the
UK business assisted by the strong investment team.
Robert Rayne will succeed Jonathan Agnew as Chairman
Jonathan Agnew, who has been Chairman since the Company’s demerger from London
Merchant Securities in April 2006, has decided that the appointment of a new
chief executive makes it an appropriate time for him to hand over the
chairmanship; he will retire as a Director at the Annual General Meeting on 13
It will continue to be the Company’s objective to produce high rates of return
though a risk diversified portfolio.
Paragraph A.2.2 of the Combined Code states that a chief executive should not
go on to be chairman of the same company. However the Board of LMS Capital
believes this is an exceptional case. The Board has deemed that Robert Rayne’s
continued involvement with LMS Capital through the role of Chairman would be
beneficial to all shareholders.
Robert Rayne’s appointment would provide continued access to the network and
relationships he has developed over the last 40 years; continuing access to the
advisory boards of a number of funds; an ongoing involvement with the
management teams of investee companies, especially where Robert Rayne is the
LMS Capital representative; and continuity with shareholders.
Robert Rayne, Chief Executive of LMS Capital, said:
“I am delighted to welcome Glenn to LMS Capital. He will bring an international
perspective, a deep understanding of the investment sector and in depth
knowledge of the US and energy space. Glenn has an excellent track record and
is the ideal Chief Executive to drive LMS Capital forward during its next
Jonathan has been Chairman of LMS Capital since it became an independent
company over three years ago and has made a considerable contribution in that
time. On behalf of the Board I would like to thank him for his involvement,
dedication and leadership. We wish him all the best for the future.
We have a strong management team in place at LMS Capital and I look forward to
stepping into the role of Chairman.”