Born in the United Kingdom in 1944, Sir Peter Bonfield is a UK citizen. He has an Honours Degree in Engineering from Loughborough University, is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, a Freeman of The City of London and an Honorary Citizen of Dallas.
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Sir Peter Bonfield began his career with Texas Instruments (TI), based in the US working on the world’s first robotic assembly machine for semi conductors, later moving into product design, development and manufacturing of programmable calculators and personal computers and later became a Divisional Director of TI. He was granted a US patent on solid state software modules.
He then joined the computer company ICL plc in 1981 as Group Marketing Director and member of the main board.
In 1984 he was appointed Chairman and Managing Director of ICL after its merger with STC, a large telecommunications equipment manufacturer.
In 1987 he was also appointed Deputy Chief Executive of STC plc.
In 1990 as Chairman and CEO of ICL, he introduced the Fujitsu Group as a major shareholder to create one of the largest mainframe computer makers outside the US.
In 1996 Sir Peter was appointed CEO and Chairman of the Executive Committee of British Telecommunications, where he served until early 2002. During his tenure, BT was the world's fifth largest telecommunications company, employing over 130,000 people.
His career has included Vice-Presidency of the British Quality Foundation, Senior Independent Directorship of AstraZeneca, Non-Executive Director Dubai International Capital LLC, Actis Capital LLP, Member of the Citigroup International Advisory Board, Advisor to Apax Partners LLP, Senior Advisor to Rothschild, member of Silent Circle’s Advisory Board and Directorships on the Boards of Sony Corporation in Japan, Mentor Graphics Corporation in the USA, Ericsson in Sweden, the Department for Constitutional Affairs and the Ministry of Justice. In total he has been a Board Member of 12 quoted companies around the world.
He was founding Chairman of the Small Business Charter, a member of the Trilateral Commission, The European Round Table (Steering Group), The High Level Working Group of the European Information Society, the EU-Japan Business Dialogue Round Table and the Civil Service College Advisory Board.