Experian announces shock death of finance boss Brooks at his US home

BRITISH credit information firm Experian yesterday announced the death of chief financial officer Paul Brooks (pictured right).

“Paul died suddenly this weekend at his home in California. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Paul’s family at this time,” the company said in a statement.

Brooks, 58, had been Experian’s finance chief since October 2001, when he joined the world’s largest credit checking company from car distributor Inchcape.

“Paul was a great friend, a talented colleague, and an inspirational leader and will be greatly missed by all those who had the pleasure of working and dealing with him,” Experian chairman John Peace said.

At Inchcape he became marketing services finance director in 1994, based in Singapore.

He previously spent five years with GKN’s industrial services division, mostly as divisional chief financial officer in the USA.

Before that, he worked for ICI’s plastics division in Brussels and its corporate reporting group in London.

He qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG, having graduated from Cambridge University with an economics degree.

He also took on non-executive director role at Serco Group just under a year ago.

Serco chair Alastair Lyons said: “He will be greatly missed by all of us and our sincerest condolences are with Paul’s family.”