Autonomy Corporation Plc has appointed Robert Webb QC as its Non-Executive Chairman with effect from 1 May 2009.
Robert Webb was General Counsel at British Airways from 1998 until recently. He practised at the Bar from 1971, becoming Queen’s Counsel, Head of Chambers at 5 Bell Yard and a Crown Court Recorder. He holds a range of other posts, including non-executive directorships at the BBC and the London Stock Exchange. Autonomy’s CEO, Dr Mike Lynch, said of him that “his experience in litigation, regulatory and compliance issues is directly relevant to our current commercial focus”.
The appointment is a reminder that Autonomy is a British company in origin, with dual headquarters in Cambridge and in San Francisco. Those of us whose focus is on the relatively narrow world of litigation and regulation may also overlook the fact that this is only one of the areas in which Autonomy’s enterprise search applications are used by corporations and government departments and agencies.
One of my former partners used to instruct him often, mainly on aviation matters, and his name is familiar from that as well as from his high-profile role at BA. His twenty five years at the Commercial Bar followed by a broad range of roles in industry make him a good choice for his new role at Autonomy.