|Sir Martin Broughton|
|Chairman of British Airways|
|Chairman of Liverpool Football Club|
10 April 2010 – 13 October 2010
|Succeeded by||Tom Werner|
15 April 1947 |
Sir Martin Faulkner Broughton (born 1947) is a British businessman who is the current chairman of British Airways and deputy chairman of its parent company, International Airlines Group. He is also a managing partner at Sports Investment Partners. He is a former chairman of Liverpool Football Club and also served as President of the Confederation of British Industry.
Broughton joined British American Tobacco in 1971, becoming Finance Director in 1988, Group chief executive and Deputy chairman in 1993 and, ultimately, Chairman and chief executive in 1998. In 1999, he also became an independent director of the British Horseracing Board, eventually succeeding Peter Saville as chairman in July 2004, at which point he retired from his roles at BAT.
British Airways chairman
Liverpool F.C. Chairman
On 10 April 2010, it was announced that Liverpool FC approached Martin Broughton to be their new chairman. On 16 April, it was confirmed that he was the new chairman (despite the fact that he is a lifelong Chelsea supporter).
On 6 October 2010, it was announced that Liverpool FC was to be sold to New England Sports Ventures for the sum of £300m – significantly lower than the sums being requested by the club's existing owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett. In an attempt to scupper the deal, Tom Hicks attempted to sack Broughton's fellow directors Christian Purslow and Ian Ayre and install his son Mack Hicks and his assistant Lori Kay McCutcheon to reconstitute the board. This would give Hicks and Gillette control of the board and effectively block the sale.
However, on his appointment, Broughton had insisted that he be the only person with this right, and this clause had been installed into the articles of association of Liverpool FC.
Broughton and the rest of the Liverpool FC board won in a High Court case against Hicks and Gillett on 13 October 2010 so they could press on with the sale of the club, described by the fans' group Kop Faithful as “It's like a huge cloud has been lifted off us.....Hicks and Gillett leave with no legacy, apart from one of chaos.”
In 2009, he spearheaded a private equity bid to buy The Tote as part of the government's privatisation process. The bid was made through an investment vehicle called Sports Investment Partners, with which his son Michael is also involved. The bid was one of five that successfully passed the first round of the process in January 2011.
- "Martin Broughton Elected as next Chairman of BHB". British Horseracing Board. 24 March 2004.
- The London Gazette: . 31 December 2010.
- New Year Honours: Broughton and Carr business knights
- Scutts, Andrew (2 February 2011). "Reuben brothers confirmed as still in running for Tote". Racing Post (London). p. 5.