Percy Weatherall

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Percy Weatherall (born 1957) or Edward Percy Keswick Weatherall, is a prominent British businessman formerly active in Hong Kong. He was Managing Director of the Jardine Matheson Group from 2000 to 31 March 2006 having joined the board in 1999.

Mr. Weatherall joined the Jardine Group in 1976 and worked in a number of senior executive positions in Hong Kong, the USA, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Korea and the Philippines, prior to becoming "Tai-Pan". Mr. Weatherall was chief executive officer of Hongkong Land.

Mr. Weatherall is a member of the Keswick family which control Jardine Matheson through complex cross-shareholdings, despite holding only around 10% of the shares in the company. During Mr. Weatherall's period in charge the company defended itself against Brandes Investment Partners who proposed the company break itself up to release extra shareholder value and Jardines undertook large scale strategic investment in Astra International of Indonesia via the Singapore company Jardine Cycle & Carriage. He was succeeded as Group Managing Director by Anthony Nightingale on 1 April 2006.

Family[edit]

Weatherall was born the elder son of Captain Anthony Weatherall and Sophy Keswick.

He is married to Clara Mary Johnston (b. 1960), elder daughter of Nicholas John Johnston by his wife Susanna Maria Chancellor, younger daughter of Sir Christopher Chancellor CMG[1] They have four children - Bertram, Stella, Ruby and Honor Weatherall. The family lives in South West Scotland, having left Hong Kong in April 2006.

Weatherall has two sisters and a younger brother (who is married to his wife's younger sister). Weatherall's elder sister Catherine Nony was married to Nicholas Soames as his first wife. His younger sister Isobel Charlotte, Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne (b. ca. 1963)[2] was married from 1984 to 2005 to the present Earl of Strathmore, and is mother of the earl's three elder surviving sons.[3] Weatherall and his siblings have all had issue.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Susanna Mary Chancellor was descended maternally from Sir Richard Paget, 1st Baronet and the 12th Earl of Winchilsea & Nottingham. Her niece is the actress Anna Chancellor, and a brother is the journalist Alexander Chancellor.
  2. ^ "Acrimonious aristocrats agree to 'amicable' divorce" in The Scotsman 7 July 2005 says that the Countess was 41 that year.
  3. ^ See ibid.