The London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) has announced that ex-Liberal Democrat Member of the European Parliament, Sharon Bowles, has joined its board as a non-executive director.
Well known for the influential role she played throughout her time in Brussels, Bowles is highly regarded as an experienced expert on European policy impacting the financial sector.
Previously ranked as the most influential Briton in and on the European Union by EU policy analysis website EurActiv, Bowles played a key role in shaping MiFID II.
She was also heavily involved in the discussions surrounding the European Financial Transaction Tax.
During her time as an MEP from 2005 - 2014, Bowles served on the Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) and Legal Affairs Committees.
Her role as chairman of the ECON Committee from 2009 - 2014 meant she was heavily involved in the EU's handling of the financial and Eurozone crises.
In the same capacity she was fundamentally responsible for handling the subsequent new financial services regulations regarding markets, infrastructure, banking, corporate governance and accounting, as well as competition policy, economic governance, monetary policy and public oversight of the European Central Bank.
LSEG's chairman, Chris Gibson-Smith, commented, "We warmly welcome Sharon to the board. Sharon brings extensive knowledge of European political and regulatory trends impacting our business. Her experience and insight will be of great value to the Group, as we operate in an increasingly complex and evolving regulatory environment. I look forward to working with her."
Other than her time as an MEP, Sharon has a background in engineering, physics and mathematics, both academically and professionally. She was previously a partner at Bowles Horton, a European Patient and Trade Market Attorneys firm she founded in 1981.