Peter Levene

Vice Chairman at Starr International Co., Inc.

Peter Levene

Peter Levene

Vice Chairman at Starr International Co., Inc.

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General Dynamics United Kingdom Ltd.
Canary Wharf Ltd.
Canary Wharf Group Plc

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Co-Founder at Haymarket Media Group Ltd.

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Vice Chairman, Public Policy, EMEA at Nomura Holdings, Inc.

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Executive Chairman at Canary Wharf Group Plc

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Executive Vice President, Technologies at General Dynamics Corporation

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Speaker at United Kingdom House of Lords

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Group Chief Executive Officer at Haymarket Group Ltd.

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Director at Lloyds Banking Group Plc

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Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at The Starr Foundation

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President at Force Protection, Inc.

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Managing Director at Eurotunnel SE

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Peter Levene
Vice Chairman at Starr International Co., Inc.
Graduate in Economics & Political Science

The University of Manchester (UoM) is a large research university situated in the city of Manchester, England. Manchester University - as it is commonly known - is a public university formed in 2004 by the merger of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (est. 1824) and the Victoria University of Manchester (est. 1851). Manchester is a member of the worldwide Universities Research Association group, the Russell Group of British research universities and the N8 Group. The University of Manchester is regarded as a "red brick university", and was a product of the civic university movement of the late 19th century. It formed a constituent part of the federal Victoria University between 1880, when it received its royal charter, and 1903-1904, when it was dissolved. The main campus is south of Manchester city centre on Oxford Road. In 2012, the university had around 39,000 students and 10,400 staff, making it the largest single-site university in the United Kingdom.[5] The University of Manchester had an income of £827 million in 2012–13, of which £200 million was from research grants and contracts.[6] In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise,[7] Manchester came third in terms of research power and eighth for grade point average quality when including specialist institutions.[8] More students try to gain entry to the University of Manchester than to any other university in the country, with more than 60,000 applications for undergraduate courses.[9] According to the 2012 Highfliers Report, Manchester is the most targeted university by the Top 100 Graduate Employers.[10][11] In the 2012 Academic Ranking of World Universities, Manchester is ranked 40th in the world and 5th in the UK.[12] It is ranked 58th in the world and 12th in Europe in the 2014 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.[13] The university owns and operates major cultural assets such as the Manchester Museum, Whitworth Art Gallery, John Rylands Library and Jodrell Bank Observatory. The University of Manchester has 25 Nobel Laureates among its past and present students and staff, the third-highest number of any single university in the United Kingdom after Cambridge and Oxford. Four Nobel laureates are currently among its staff – more than any other British university.

Career History
Life Peer
1997 - Current

The House of Lords, formally styled the Right Honourable the Lords Spiritual and Temporal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled and referred to ceremonially as the House of Peers, is the upper house of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Like the House of Commons, it meets in the Palace of Westminster. The House of Lords scrutinises bills that have been approved by the House of Commons. It regularly reviews and amends Bills from the Commons.

Vice Chairman

Starr International Co., Inc. provides insurance and investment services. The firm's insurance entities provide customized property and casualty insurance products, with access to the excess and surplus marketplace. Its investments include holdings such as direct equity investment in listed companies, private equity funds and majority position investments in the insurance and banking sectors. The company was founded by Cornelius Vander Starr in 1919 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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General Dynamics United Kingdom Ltd. provides communications, avionics, information management systems, and digitization services for safety and mission critical applications. The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Oakdale, the United Kingdom.

Boards & Committees
Member, Strategic Advisory Board
2013 - Current

Benson Elliot Capital Management LLP (BECM) is a mid-market private equity real estate firm that was founded in 2005. Located in London, the firm is wholly-owned by it founders.BECM manages funds for pension funds, private foundations, endowment funds, high net-worth individuals, corporate pension funds, family offices and fund of funds.The firm launched its inaugural investment vehicle, Benson Elliot Real Estate Partners II, LP (BEREP), in 2006.

2010 - 2013

NBNK Investments Plc (or 'the Company') was founded by Lord Levene and a group of senior business figures, supported by a number of institutional shareholders. It is listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. The Company’s initial proposition was to build, primarily through acquisition, a new and substantial UK retail bank. Having been unsuccessful in its attempt to acquire, among other businesses, the 'Project Verde' assets being divested by Lloyds Banking Group Plc, the directors initially decided in mid-2012 to take steps to unwind the Company. During the second half of 2012, a proposition was made by funds within the WL Ross & Co Group to inject new capital into the Company, which would enable it to continue in existence, well placed to take advantage of any further acquisition opportunities that might arise. Investment Policy The Company will focus on acquisitions as the principal means of commencing and scaling its operations. The board intends, in consultation with shareholders, to review its investment policy including investment in Continental Europe. Any acquisition of scale will, of course, be subject to shareholder approval. If the Company has not been successful in making a significant acquisition within 36 months of admission (i.e. by 11 January 2016), the Company will review the position and consider if it is appropriate to return unused funds to shareholders and/or to wind-up the Company

Independent Non-Executive Director
2006 - 2011

China Construction Bank Corp We are a leading commercial bank in China providing a comprehensive range of commercial banking products and services. Our business consists of three principal business segments: corporate banking, personal banking, and treasury operations. We are among the market leaders in China in a number of products and services,including infrastructure loans,residential mortgage and bank cards. We have an extensive customer base, with established banking relationships with many of the largest business groups and leading companies in industries which are strategically important to China's economy. At the end of 2011, the Bank had a network of 13,581 branches and sub-branches in Mainland China, maintained overseas branches in Hong Kong, Singapore, Frankfurt, Johannesburg, Tokyo, Seoul, New York, Ho Chi Minh City and Sydney, and representative offices in Taipei and Moscow, and owned multiple subsidiaries, such as CCB Asia, CCB Financial Leasing, CCB International, CCB Trust, Sino-German Bausparkasse, CCB London, CCB Principal Asset Management, and CCB Life. The Group provides comprehensive financial services to its customers.


A private-sector organisation which promoted British financial services.

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Eurotunnel Group, a company listed on the stock exchanges in Paris and London, brings together a group of companies active in the fields of infrastructure management and transport operations. Its various entities share the same attention to quality and customer service, with priority given to safety, a taste for innovation, a sense of social responsibility and commitment to sustainable development. All the Group's investments are intended to generate growth and value. In 2012, Eurotunnel Group generated revenues of almost €1 billion. It employs more than 3,600 staff in the United Kingdom and France. The operation of the cross-Channel Fixed Link, in which two Eurotunnel Group companies are concessionaires until 2086, represents the core business of the Group. Opened in 1994, the Channel Tunnel, the vital link between the United Kingdom and the continent, has been used by more than 300 million passengers. The rail Shuttle transport system carries 2.5 million cars (Le Shuttle) and 1.5 million trucks every year, making it by far the world leader in piggyback transport. High-speed passenger trains and rail freight trains also run through the Tunnel. In 2009, Eurotunnel Group created the Europorte group of companies, which is a particularly dynamic springboard for growth. These subsidiaries are now the third largest rail freight operator (for hauling trains) in the UK and France. They operate and maintain the rail infrastructures of eight major ports in France, delivering logistics services to major European industrial players. Eurotunnel Group is also pursuing its development in the businesses it manages or to which it was appointed by the French government: land development, training in railway professions... Eurotunnel Group owns three ferries and leases the vessels to a ferry operating company, thus increasing the transport offer across the Straits of Dover.

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Apple, Inc. engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of smartphones, personal computers, tablets, wearables and accessories, and other variety of related services. It operates through the following geographical segments: Americas, Europe, Greater China, Japan, and Rest of Asia Pacific. The Americas segment includes North and South America. The Europe segment consists of European countries, as well as India, the Middle East, and Africa. The Greater China segment comprises of China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. The Rest of Asia Pacific segment includes Australia and Asian countries. Its products and services include iPhone, Mac, iPad, AirPods, Apple TV, Apple Watch, Beats products, Apple Care, iCloud, digital content stores, streaming, and licensing services. The company was founded by Steven Paul Jobs, Ronald Gerald Wayne, and Stephen G. Wozniak in April 1976 and is headquartered in Cupertino, CA.

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General Dynamics is a market leader in business aviation; combat vehicles, weapons systems and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and mission-critical information systems and technology. The company was formed in 1952 through the combination of the Electric Boat Company, Consolidated Vultee (CONVAIR) and several others. The company grew organically and through acquisitions until the early 1990s, when they sold many of our defense-related businesses. Starting in the mid-1990s, they began expanding by acquiring combat vehicle-related businesses, additional shipyards, information-technology product and service companies and Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation.

Awards & Honors
University of London
City University London
Commandeur, Ordre National du Merite (France)
Berkeley, CA, United States
2010 Dean's Speaker Series

Davos, Switzerland
2008 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2008 convened in Davos at a time of great anxiety in the world. The turmoil in the financial markets and the continuing conflict in the Middle East were naturally of immediate concern. Mounting awareness of the epochal challenge of climate change and the looming threat of global terrorism, two issues that were addressed in the opening plenary session, heightened our shared sense of urgency. The Annual Meeting theme - The Power of Collaborative Innovation - was a fitting focus for two reasons. First, it highlighted that a multistakeholder approach is critical for any authentic and viable solutions to global problems. And second, it served to underline the need for new and imaginative ways to mitigate global risks and the importance of achieving tangible results or value.

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