John Rishton

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John Frederick Rishton (born 21 February 1958) was the CEO of Rolls-Royce, which he joined as CEO in March 2011 and left in July 2015.[1][2]


Rishton read economics at Nottingham University.

He joined Ford Motor Company and worked with the company for 15 years, qualifying as an accountant and later becoming finance director of the company's Portuguese and Spanish operations. He joined British Airways in 1994 as the head of finance for the United States division. He became its chief finance officer in 2001. When the September 11 attacks took place, he was recognized for encouraging a program to re-structure the company and reduce its debt. He left BA in September 2005. Rishton joined Ahold in January 2006 as finance director and in November 2007 became head of the retailer replacing Anders Moberg.[3] In March 2011, he was appointed Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce.[4]

On 22 April 2015 it was announced that Rishton would retire on 2 July 2015, and has been succeeded by Warren East as CEO of Rolls-Royce.[5]


Rishton has three children, all boys, born in 1993, 1995 and 1997.


  1. ^ Jones, Rhys; Potter, Mark (30 September 2010). "Rolls-Royce CEO to retire". Reuters. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Moore, James (15 November 2011). "The business on: John Rishton, chief executive, Rolls-Royce". London: Independent. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  3. ^ King, Ian (19 November 2009). "Business big shot: John Rishton, chief executive of Ahold". The Times. 
  4. ^ "profile". businessweek. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
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Business positions
Preceded by
John Rose (businessman)
CEO of Rolls-Royce Holdings
April 1, 2011 – July 2, 2015
Succeeded by
Warren East