Kate Swann

Senior Advisor

Photograph of Kate Swann
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    Senior Advisor

Kate Swann has been an Advisor to EQT since 2020.

Kate has more than 30 years of experience in top management positions including serving as CEO of SSP Group plc from 2013 until 2019 and as CEO of WH Smith from 2003 until 2013. Kate was awarded the National Business Awards Daily Telegraph Special Award for a decade of excellence in business during her tenure at WH Smith and in 2006 Fortune Magazine listed Kate as one of the 50 most powerful women in business internationally. In 2002, Kate was awarded the Chairperson's Special Award from The Institute for Turnaround and in 2019 she received the award for business leader of the year from the Evening Standard Business Awards.

Kate graduated from the University of Bradford with a degree in Business Management in 1986 and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Bradford in 2007. In 2015, Kate was announced the new Chancellor of the University of Bradford.

EQT Board Memberships

Chairperson of Beijer Ref, IVC Evidensia and Parques Reunidos

Board member of Parques Reunidos and Zooplus