Board of Directors Peter Read, ChairmanPeter is currently a non-executive director of EVR Holdings, Concha Plc, Quayle Munro Holdings, the Professional Cricketer's Association, and the Royal Automobile Club. He was formerly chairman of KPMG's Telecoms, Media and Technology practice and a partner for over 20 years. Peter chairs the Nominations Committee and is a member of the Remuneration Commitee. Marcus Leaver, Chief Executive OfficerMarcus Leaver has been Chief Executive Officer since December 2012 having joined the board of Quarto as Chief Operating Officer in May 2012. Prior to Quarto, he worked in the USA from 2005, latterly as President of Sterling Publishing, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, the leading bricks-and-mortar bookseller in the US.
Before living and working in the US, he worked in London for Chrysalis Group plc, a London Stock Exchange-listed media company, latterly as CEO of Chrysalis Books Group, from 2002.
Marcus graduated from the University of East Anglia with a degree in Art History, and received his MBA from London Business School.
Marcus is a member of the Nominations Committee. Michael Connole, FCA, Chief Financial OfficerMichael Connole joined Quarto as Chief Financial Officer on 1 September 2015. He has considerable experience in media, being CFO of Global Radio, the UK's largest commercial radio group from June 2008 to August 2015, and before that he was Group Finance Director at Chrysalis Group PLC, where we worked from 1997 to 2008. He has also been Vice President - Finance (Europe) for Management Consulting Group plc and spent 7 years with KPMG's London office.
He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1988. Jess Burley, Non-executive directorJess Burley has over 20 years' experience in media, working previously as the Group Managing Director of Hearst in the UK, responsible for Hearst Digital and The National Magazine Company portfolio. Jess joined m/SIX (the WPP joint venture between CHI&Partners and Groupm) as CEO in May 2010 bringing a wealth of knowledge across all media.
Jess has also held a number of Non Exec roles working currently as a Non Exec for UK Mail Plc and Quarto Plc and previously with the fashion retailer Jacques Vert Plc and TalkTalk Telecom Plc. Jess is also a Trustee of the young person's charity Get Connected. She became a Non-executive director of Quarto in 2014. Jess is a member of the Nominations, Audit and Remuneration Committees. Michael Hartley, Non-executive directorMike Hartley brings extensive international management experience to the Board, having spent 16 years with Coats Viyella plc, for the last three years as Chief Executive of the Viyella division. He has worked extensively in Asia, Australasia and Africa. He was until 2009 Chairman of Dawson International plc and is currently Chairman of privately owned recruitment business Hartley Resourcing Limited.
He was a Non-executive Director of ITE Group plc from 2003 until 2013. He holds an MBA from Manchester Business School. Mr Hartley was Chairman of Servocell Plc ("Servocell") between 2006 and 2007. He became a Non-executive director of Quarto in 2013. Mike is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Commitees, and is Senior Independent Director.