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WH Smith PLC

Greenbridge Road
Swindon SN3 3RX
United Kingdom
44 1793 616161

Sector(s)Consumer Cyclical
IndustrySpecialty Retail
Full-time employees14,000

Key executives

NameTitlePayExercisedYear born
Mr. Carl D. CowlingGroup Chief Exec. & Director556kN/AN/A
Mr. Robert James MoorheadCFO, COO & Exec. Director534kN/A1964
Mr. Ian HoughtonLegal Director & Company Sec.N/AN/AN/A
Amounts are as of 31 December 2020, and compensation values are for the last fiscal year ending on that date. Pay includes salary, bonuses, etc. Exercised is the value of options exercised during the fiscal year. Currency in GBp.


WH Smith PLC operates as a retailer in the United Kingdom and internationally. It operates in two segments, Travel and High Street. The Travel segment offers news, books, and convenience for travelling customers. As of August 31, 2020, it operated 1,174 units primarily in airports, hospitals, railway stations, motorway service areas, and workplaces. The High Street segment sells stationery products, including greetings cards, general stationery, art and craft, and gifting products; news and impulse products, such as newspapers, magazines, confectionery, and drinks; and books. It operated 568 stores. This segment also offers its stationery, books, magazines, and gifts through; personalized greetings cards and gifts through and; pens through; and personalized stationery products through and websites. The company was founded in 1792 and is based in Swindon, the United Kingdom.

Corporate governance

WH Smith PLC’s ISS governance QualityScore as of 1 July 2021 is 7. The pillar scores are Audit: 8; Board: 2; Shareholder rights: 1; Compensation: 10.

Corporate governance scores courtesy of Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS). Scores indicate decile rank relative to index or region. A decile score of 1 indicates lower governance risk, while 10 indicates higher governance risk.