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Executive Leadership Team

Martin Sutherland

Chief Executive

Martin was appointed as Chief Executive Officer on 13 October 2014. He was previously managing director of BAE Systems Applied Intelligence (formerly Detica). Martin joined Detica in 1996 and has developed considerable understanding and experience of working with government customers around the world.

Prior to Detica, Martin worked for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and British Telecom.

    Jitesh Sodha


    Jitesh joined the business as Chief Financial Officer on 10 August 2015. He is a CIMA qualified accountant and has worked in a range of businesses with an international footprint, most recently Greenergy International, one of the largest private companies in the UK, where he served as CFO from 2008 until May 2015. Previous roles have included CFO of AIM listed Mobilestreams Plc, where he played a key role in the IPO, and CFO of T- Mobile International UK.

      Jo Easton

      Group Director of Human Resources

      Jo joined De La Rue in May 2013 as HR Director for Solutions and became Group Director of Human Resources in April 2014. Prior to joining De La Rue Jo spent 6 years at Twinings Ovo as Supply Chain Head of HR where she had responsibilities in the UK, China, Poland and India. Previously Jo carried out a wide variety of HR roles at Aviva Healthcare, Zurich Insurance and BT plc which is where she started her career.

        Rupert Middleton

        Chief Operating Officer

        Rupert joined De La Rue in October 2011 as Managing Director, Supply Chain, and was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in April 2015. He has extensive experience of manufacturing with particular emphasis on printing. His previous role was group director of manufacturing at Trinity Mirror, responsible for the integrated manufacturing division that prints all Trinity Mirror newspaper titles. Prior to joining Trinity Mirror, Rupert was integration director at Transport for London, managing director of a division within The Stationery Office and managing director of Westferry Printers.

          Edward Peppiatt

          General Counsel and Company Secretary

          Ed joined De La Rue as General Counsel and Company Secretary in February 2009. He practised as a corporate/commercial solicitor in the City for a number of years and holds an MBA. His most recent role before joining De La Rue was general counsel and company secretary of the London listed logistics group Christian Salvesen plc.

            Selva Selvaratnam


            Selva joined De La Rue in April 2015. Prior to this he was CTO at HID Global, a provider of security identity solutions and part of the ASSA ABLOY group of companies. As an entrepreneur, he was CEO of his own business Panjia Technologies before this, which he sold to ASSA ABLOY. He has considerable experience in driving innovation and product portfolios in an international setting with a focus on delivery.

              Richard Hird

              Chief Commercial Officer

              Richard joined De La Rue in March 2015 as Solutions Sales Director after 5 years as Vice President of Sales for Digital Barriers a specialist provider of advanced surveillance technologies to the international homeland security and defence markets. Prior to this Richard held a number of sales leadership roles at Detica, now part of BAE Systems, for 6 years. Richard took on the newly created role of Global Business Development Director within the Customer and Commercial organisation in April 2015. He was appointed as Chief Commercial Officer in September 2015.