Nicholas Ferguson (businessman)

Nicholas Eustace Haddon Ferguson CBE (born 24 October 1948) is a British businessman, the chairman of BskyB plc and former chairman of SVG Capital plc.

Nicholas Ferguson
Nicholas Eustace Haddon Ferguson

(1948-10-24) 24 October 1948 (age 71)
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh and Harvard Business School
Years active1969–present
TitleChairman of BskyB plc
PredecessorJames Murdoch

Early lifeEdit

Ferguson has a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Edinburgh, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.[1]


From 1996 to 2005, Ferguson was chief executive of SVG Capital, until he moved on to the chairmanship in 2006. Ferguson resigned as chairman of SVG Capital, prior to becoming chairman of BskyB in April 2012, replacing James Murdoch.[2]

According to The Financial Times, "After eight years as a non-executive director, some investors question whether Mr Ferguson is sufficiently independent of the News Corp empire".[3]

He was also first chairman (2002-2012) of the Courtauld Institute of Art.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Nicholas Ferguson: Executive Profile". Business Week. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Nicholas Ferguson: the man replacing James Murdoch at BSkyB". The Guardian. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Ferguson faces tough challenge at BSkyB". The Financial Times. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  4. ^ "James Hughes-Hallet to succeed Nicholas Ferguson as Chairman of the Courtauld Institute of Art". Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Courtauld Institute Announces New Chairman". Artlyst. Retrieved 4 August 2019.