Dixons Carphone has appointed Eileen Burbidge MBE as an independent non-executive director of the Board and a member of the Audit Committee.
Burbidge is a partner at Passion Capital, one of Europe’s leading early stage technology venture capital firms with a significant focus on digital propositions. Since co-founding Passion Capital in 2011, she has built a prominent reputation as a technology thought leader and has been named one of the most influential people in IT in the UK.
She was a previous member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group and is still presently the UK Government special envoy for Fintech, chair of Tech Nation and tech ambassador for the Mayor of London’s office.
As investor director in a number of Passion Capital portfolio companies, she is also a non-executive investor director at Monzo Bank.
With a university degree in computer science and a career start in telecoms at Verizon Wireless, Burbidge had various roles at Apple, Sun Microsystems, Openwave and PalmSource before moving to London as head of products for Skype in 2004 and then eventually Yahoo! where she was responsible for the success of Yahoo! Communications products in the UK.
“I am absolutely delighted to welcome Eileen Burbidge to the Board as a Non-Executive Director. Eileen has a strong technology background and is a leader in the development of the UK’s increasingly renowned fintech industry,” said Ian Livingston, chairman of Dixons Carphone plc.
“Eileen will bring a constructive, challenging and balanced perspective to the Board, with a real focus on technology innovation, value creation and an informed perspective on the digital consumer. We look forward to working closely with her.”
Burbidge's non-executive director position at Dixons Carphone will begin 1st January 2019.
“I am very excited to be joining the Board of Dixons Carphone. The Company has tremendous brand equity across its breadth of retail offerings and services,” she commented.
“It also holds leading market positions in so many different countries, with fantastic opportunities and some interesting challenges ahead. I look forward to working with Alex and the Board as it seeks to enhance its customer relationships and unique market position.”