Paul Pindar (businessman)

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Paul Pindar
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Born Paul Richard Martin Pindar
(1959-04-11) 11 April 1959 (age 56)
Residence London
Nationality British
Education Ranelagh School, Bracknell
Alma mater Swansea University
Occupation Businessman
Years active 1984–present
Title Former Chief Executive of Capita plc
Term 1999–2014
Successor Andy Parker
Spouse(s) Sharon Pindar
Children 2

Paul Richard Martin Pindar (born 11 April 1959) is an English businessman. He is best known for his 23-year tenure as managing director and chief executive of Capita plc, a provider of business process outsourcing (BPO) services in the UK.

Early life[edit]

Pindar was educated at Ranelagh School, Bracknell, and Swansea University, where he studied psychology.[1]


Pindar trained as an Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand, qualifying in 1984, before joining private equity firm 3i as investment controller.


Pindar joined Capita in 1987, initially as finance director, then managing director in 1991 and chief executive in 1999.[2] He was the third-longest serving FTSE 100 CEO after Martin Sorrell and Aidan Heavey when he stood down in 2014.[3][4]

He joined the business after advising on the £330,000 management buyout (MBO) while working for 3i. When he joined Capita, it had 33 employees and revenues of £1.3 million. The company was subsequently floated on the USM in 1989 with a market capitalisation of £8 million.[5] Since this IPO Capita has been the best performing UK share.[6]

On 18 November 2013, Pindar announced that he would be stepping down from his role at the end of February 2014 to focus on opportunities within private equity.[7] When he left the business in February 2014, Capita had more than 62,000 employees and a market capitalisation of £7.5 billion.[8]

Other activities[edit]

Pindar was a non-executive director of retailer Debenhams plc from 2006 to 2010 and in July 2012 he was appointed non-executive chairman of Integrated Dental Holdings (IDH), the largest chain of dental practices in the UK with over 500 surgeries, backed by Carlyle Group.[9]

Following his departure from Capita in February 2014, Pindar became chairman of Independent Clinical Services (ICS) in June 2014 following its acquisition by TowerBrook from Blackstone.[10] He has also invested and joined the board of a number of smaller businesses. He backed the MBO of International Travel Connections (ITC), a luxury travel business, and became chairman in August 2014.[11] This was to allow the existing family shareholders to reduce their stakes and to support future acquisitions.[12]

He was also an early investor in Purplebricks,[13] a start-up online estate agency, before introducing the business to Neil Woodford who subsequently bought a 30% stake for £7 million.[14]

Previously he has also been chairman of the NSPCC's Corporate Development Board (2004–2007) before becoming chairman of Great Ormond Street Hospital's Corporate Partnerships Board (2008–2012).

Pindar is currently a member of TowerBrook Capital Partners' senior advisory board.[15]