Clara Furse

Clara Furse
  • Independent Director
  • Non-executive Director
  • Born in Jonquiere (Canada) on 16 September 1957


Clara Furse has been appointed as member of the Board of Directors of Assicurazioni Generali on 29 April 2022.

After graduating as BSc. (Econ) at the London School of Economics, she began her career in 1979 as a broker. In the 1990s, she was a non-executive director, committee Chair and Deputy Chair at LIFFE. In 1995 she became a Managing Director at UBS and from 1998 to 2000 she was Group Chief Executive of Credit Lyonnais Rouse.

From 2001 to 2009 she was CEO of the London Stock Exchange, the first woman to hold the position. During this period, she was also a non-executive director of Euroclear plc, LCH Clearnet Group Ltd., Fortis SA and a member of the Shanghai International Financial Advisory Council. From 2009 to 2013 she was a non-executive director at Legal & General Group and from 2010 to 2017 a non-executive director at Nomura Holdings Inc. From 2011 to 2017 she was a non-executive director of the UK Government’s Department for Work and Pensions and its Lead Independent Director. From April 2010 to June 2022 she was a non-executive director at Amadeus IT Holdings SA and from 2014 to 2023 she was a non-executive director of Vodafone Group Plc.  

In 2012 she chaired the lead expert group of the British Government’s Office for Science Foresight Project on The Future in Computer Trading in Financial Markets. From 2013 to 2016 she was an External Member of the Financial Policy Committee of the Bank of England, the UK’s macroprudential authority.

She is currently Chair of HSBC UK.

In 2008 she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her contribution to the financial services sector.

Relevant positions according to our directors overboarding policy

  • Chair of HSBC UK

Other positions

  • Member of the Senior Advisory Council at Chatham House
  • Chair of the UK Voluntary Carbon Markets Forum

For information on Clara Furse shareholdings, see the shareholdings section.