Independent Non-Executive Director, Bank of Montreal, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc, (Chair, Audit Committee)
Jan Babiak spent 28 years with Ernst & Young before starting her ‘portfolio career’ in 2010. At EY, she held board level and global leadership roles over Technology Security and Risk Services; Climate Change and Sustainability Services; and Regulatory and Public Policy. Her experience includes serving on the firm’s most prestigious clients in financial services, technology, energy, media, entertainment, transportation, government, retail and other sectors.
Jan now sits on the board and Finance Committee and chairs the Audit Committee of Walgreens Boots Alliance Co., with annual global revenues exceeding $125 billion from retail, wholesale, distribution and its strong digital presence in the pharmacy sector. She also sits on the Audit and Conduct Review Committee and the Risk Review Committee as an independent member of the board of the Bank of Montreal, which has assets of nearly $700 billion. She previously served on the board of Royal Mail, during which time it floated and listed on the FTSE100. Beginning in 2010 until its sale in August 2012, she was a board member and Audit Committee Chair for Logica plc, a then FTSE 250 technology company headquartered in the UK.
Jan serves as the content designer and lead instructor on CABLE’s intensive Corporate Board Academy, which prepares qualified candidates for their first corporate board role. She is an experienced and sought-after executive coach working with a broad portfolio of global executives focused on customized preparation for board service drawing from her considerable experience in the area.
Agenda, a Financial Times publication for board members, named her in their ‘International 100: Top Board Candidates with Global Skills’. She is a published author and popular motivational speaker. She was lead author of a definitive book on board level oversight of IT and cybersecurity ‘Defending the Digital Frontier: Practical Security for Management’ and is published on sustainability, board governance, technology and gender diversity in the work place.
A qualified CPA in the US and Chartered Accountant in the UK, she serves on the governing body of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales as a Council Member.
Born in Oklahoma, Jan has dual US and UK citizenship. After twenty years living in London, in 2010 she established Nashville, Tennessee as her primary residence and the base for her frequent travels to London and beyond.