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First Woman of Color to Chair Royal Shakespeare Company

First Woman of Color to Chair Royal Shakespeare Company

Saturday, 1 May, 2021 - 05:00
Santander’s Shriti Vadera. TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/GETTY

Shriti Vadera has become the first female and person of color to chair Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), the prestigious theater firm announced Wednesday.

As of the fall, she will succeed Nigel Hugill, who led the company for a decade.

Vadera, a former banker, was born in Uganda, and fled with her Indian family following the expulsion of Asians by Dictator Idi Amni Dada.

This appointment comes as RSC prepares to resume its work after months of suspension caused by the pandemic restrictions, which the British government has started to ease, AFP reported.

In January, Shriti Vadera was appointed chairwoman of UK British insurance company Prudential, following its position as chairwoman of Santander Bank between 2015 and 2020.

She also served as development under-secretary in former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's government between 2007 and 2009, and was among the nominees to succeed Governor Mark Carney in Bank of England.

Shriti, who lived in India and Uganda, said she is passionate about arts and that she read Shakespeare's works and always imagined them before watching his plays. She also said she is excited to support RSC, and looking forward to help the firm "emerge from one of its most difficult years, responding to the global pandemic."

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