Consumer >> CEO Interviews >> January 3, 2000

Ian Prosser – Bass Plc (bass.l)

SIR IAN PROSSER is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bass plc. He was educated at King Edward's School, Bath, Watford Grammar School and Birmingham University, from which he graduated as a Bachelor of Commerce in 1964. He was articled to Cooper Brothers (now Coopers & Lybrand), Chartered Accountants, in Birmingham for three years and was admitted to membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales in 1967. Sir Ian joined Bass Charrington in 1969 and was appointed to the Board of Bass Limited in October 1978 with responsibility for finance, computer services, planning, legal affairs, property and insurance. In July 1984, he was appointed Vice Chairman and Group Managing Director of Bass plc, and Chairman and Chief Executive in 1987. He is non-executive Deputy Chairman of BP Amoco plc and effective from the 1st August 1999, he became a non-executive director of SmithKline Beecham. He has been a director of the Council of the Brewers and Licensed Retailers Association since 1983 and was Chairman 1992-1994. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the World Travel & Tourism Council. He is a member of the CBI President's Committee. He was a non-executive director of the Boots Company form 1984 to 1996, a non-executive director of Lloyds Bank TSB Group plc from 1988 to 1999 and Chairman of the Stock Exchange Listed Companies Advisory Council from August 1992 until February 1998. Profile
TWST: Could we start out with a brief overview of Bass, just to set the

stage for our readers? Sir Ian: Yes, Bass was founded over 200 years ago

as a brewery, and it developed through a series of