Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated appointed Beverley Anne Briscoe as deputy chairperson of the company’s board of directors, effective Sept. 23, 2013.
Briscoe joined the company as a director in October 2004 and has served as a member of the nominating and corporate governance and audit committees, most recently as chair of the audit committee. Briscoe’s appointment to deputy chairperson marks a transitional step for the board in preparation for the anticipated retirement of Robert Murdoch, the board’s current chairman. Murdoch is approaching the mandatory retirement age prescribed by the company’s corporate governance guidelines, and has thus indicated that he will not be standing for re-election at the company’s annual meeting in 2014. It is expected that Briscoe will be appointed as the successor chairperson in the event she is re-elected as a director at the 2014 annual meeting.
Briscoe brings to the position a wealth of experience in finance and operations from a number of industries including the heavy equipment and transportation sectors.
Briscoe is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia. She currently serves as a director (including as chair of the audit committee and member of the environmental health and safety committee) of Goldcorp Inc. a public gold and precious metals company.
“I am delighted to welcome Bev to this new role,” said Murdoch, “Bev brings a wealth of governance expertise and industry experience to the position and has been invaluable to the company in her role as director since 2005. I look forward to supporting her transition to chair.”
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