Donald Brydon

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Donald Brydon
Occupation Chairman
Employer London Stock Exchange Group
Location London

Donald Brydon is chairman of the London Stock Exchange Group. He replaced the long-serving Chris Gibson-Smith on July 1, 2015. Brydon has held a host of senior appointments, most recently stepping down as chairman of Royal Mail in early 2015 after helping oversee its controversial privatization. He joined the LSE board in June 2015 and became its chairman two weeks later.[1] As LSE chairman, he also chairs the nominating committee and is a sitting member of the remuneration committee.[2]

Brydon is also chairman of Sage, a FTSE 100 software company. He has also held the same role at engineering company Smiths Group.[3] [4]

Brydon previously served as chairman of the London Metal Exchange. He was elected to the role in July 2003.[5]


Brydon was elected to replace John Pizzey as chairman of the LME in 2003 after a career focused on asset management. He joined the LME from Axa Investment Managers, where he was chief executive from 1997-2002 and then chairman.

He joined Axa in 1997 after 20 years with Barclays, where he was chairman and chief executive of BZW Investment Management and latterly acting chief executive of BZW, its investment banking arm. From 1970 to 1977 he was employed by British Airways' pension plan as analyst and senior fund manager.[6]


Brydon earned a degree in mathematical science from the University of Edinburgh.


  1. LSE announces new group chairman. The Trade.
  2. Donald Brydon. London Stock Exchange Group Board.
  3. Donald H. Brydon. BusinessWeek.
  4. Royal Mail chair Donald Brydon to join the London Stock Exchange board. The Telegraph.
  5. Press release. LME.
  6. Donald Brydon to take over as London Stock Exchange chairman. The Financial Times.