Michael Roney

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Michael Roney
Born Michael James Roney
(1954-07-13) July 13, 1954 (age 67)
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Michigan
Occupation Businessman
Years active 1981–present
Salary £1,552,700
Title former CEO, Bunzl
Term 2005–2016
Successor Frank van Zanten
Board member of Brown-Forman Corporation, Azelis, Next plc, Grafton Group

Michael James Roney (born July 13, 1954) is an American businessman. He was the chief executive of Bunzl plc, a British multinational distribution and outsourcing company, from 2005 to 2016. He has been the chairman of Next plc and Grafton Group since 2017.

Early life

Michael Roney was born on July 13, 1954. He was educated in Roman Catholic private schools in Detroit, Michigan.[1] He graduated with an MBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan in 1981.[2]


Roney began his career as an accountant from 1978 to 1980.[1] He worked for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company from 1981 to 2005.[1]

Roney has been CEO of Bunzl since October 2005, and a non-executive director since June 2003. He stood down as CEO in April 2016, and was succeeded by Frank van Zanten.[3]

Roney was a non-executive director of Johnson Matthey plc from 2007 until 2014 and is a non-executive director of Brown-Forman Corporation.[4]

In July 2016, Roney became a non-executive director of Azelis, the global speciality chemicals distributor.[5] Roney has been the chairman of Next plc (succeeding John Barton) and Grafton Group since 2017.[6][7][8][9]

Personal life

Roney met his future wife in Argentina.[1] They have four children, and they reside in St John's Wood, London, U.K..[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Tovey, Alan (January 30, 2016). "'We’re not buying brands... but people and customer lists that give profits’". The Daily Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/industry/12131601/Were-not-buying-brands...-but-people-and-customer-lists-that-give-profits.html. Retrieved September 15, 2017. 
  2. "Michael Roney: Chief Executive Officer at Bunzl". LinkedIn. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/michael-roney/11/0/648. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  3. Bury, Rhiannon (April 20, 2016). "Bunzl feeling the heat as 26.2pc of shareholders reject executive pay deal". http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/04/20/bunzl-feeling-the-heat-as-262pc-of-shareholders-reject-executive/. Retrieved September 15, 2017. 
  4. "Michael J. Roney: Executive Profile". BusinessWeek. http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=275855&ticker=BNZL:LN&previousCapId=407172&previousTitle=TRANSOCEAN%20LTD. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  5. "Appointment of Michael Roney to the Azelis Board of Directors". https://www.azelis.com/en/news-events/corporate-news/article/appointment-of-michael-roney-to-the-azelis-board-of-directors-460/. Retrieved September 15, 2017. 
  6. Musah, Razak. "Next names Michael Roney as next chairman". http://www.marketwatch.com/story/next-names-michael-roney-as-next-chairman-2017-02-14. Retrieved September 15, 2017. 
  7. "Michael Roney, Next PLC: Profile & Biography". http://www.bloomberg.com/profiles/people/2142967-michael-j-roney. Retrieved September 15, 2017. 
  8. Retail Editor, Deirdre Hipwell (February 15, 2017). "Roney’s Next move presents stern test". https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/next-reveals-new-chairman-52z6575m5. Retrieved September 15, 2017. 
  9. "Appointment of Non-Executive Chairman". http://www.graftonplc.com/media/press-releases/yr-2016/pr-31-03-16.aspx. Retrieved September 15, 2017. 

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