Richard Haythornthwaite named Chairman of Xynteo

We’re thrilled to announce that Richard Haythornthwaite will become Chairman of Xynteo’s Board of Directors, from April 15th, 2020.

With this appointment, Xynteo strengthens its already formidable leadership team. Our founder and current Chair, Osvald M. Bjelland, continues in his existing role as CEO of Xynteo. 

Richard Haythornthwaite, current Chairman of Mastercard has been named Chairman of Xynteo by the Board of Directors effective April 15th, 2020.

“Rick is the right person to take on this role", said Bjelland. “The progress he has overseen at Mastercard, a longstanding client of Xynteo and one of the most innovative companies in the world, has been extremely impressive. His guidance will be of great value at this exciting juncture for Xynteo where we plan to grow and greatly improve on many dimensions.”

Haythornthwaite is currently Chairman of NYSE-listed Mastercard Inc. There, he has helped steer the financial multinational through a strategic agenda driving innovation and financial inclusion globally, via its services, initiatives and partnerships. The result has been a significant leap in the company’s value and reputation for generating social impact.

This new role marks a new stage in a longstanding relationship. Haythornthwaite has, for several years been the Chairman of The Performance Theatre’s advisory board, and contributed to Xynteo’s Leadership Vanguard Programme.

I’m delighted to become Chairman of Xynteo,” Haythornthwaite said. “The company´s commitment to a new kind of growth, its bright team and deep client relationships carry great promise. I believe Xynteo’s mission is more important than ever, I look forward to working with its bright team, on taking the company’s work to an even higher impact and scale.”

Rick Haythornthwaite is also an Advisory Partner to Moelis & Co, a co-founder and chairman of QIO Technologies, an industrial artificial intelligence company, and director of the digital consultancy, Globant. He is an investor in and chairman of ARC International, the global glass tableware manufacturer. He was previously the CEO of Invensys from 2001-2005 and Blue Circle Industries from 1999-2001 having joined as Director of Asia and Europe in 1997.  He spent his early career in BP from 1978-1995 before moving to Premier Oil as Commercial Director from 1995 to 1997. He has served as on the boards of Centrica and Network Rail as chairman and Cookson, Lafarge, ICI and Land Securities as non-executive director. In the UK not-for-profit sector, he is the current chair of the Creative Industries Federation and former chair of the Southbank Centre and Almeida Theatre. He was educated at MIT (Sloan Fellow) and The Queen’s College, Oxford (MA Geology).

We wish Mr Haythornthwaite a warm welcome!