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UK | CFO Moves - week ending 24 April, 1 May 2015


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CFO Moves - week ending 1 May 2015

J Sainsbury plc announced that David Keens will join the Board as a non-executive director from 29 April 2015. David was the Group Finance Director of Next plc from 1991 to March 2015 and played a significant part in the success of Next in that period. He will join the Audit Committee on 29 April and become its Chairman on 8 July 2015.

Auto Trader Group plc (LSE: AUTO) announced that David Keens has been appointed as an independent non-executive director. David has also been appointed as Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Audit Committee and will join the Remuneration and Nomination Committees. David was previously Group Finance Director of NEXT plc (1991 – 2015) and their Group Treasurer (1986 – 1991). Previous management experience includes nine years in the UK and overseas operations of multinational food manufacturers Nabisco (1977 – 1986) and prior to that seven years in the accountancy profession. David is currently a non-executive director of J Sainsbury Plc.

Alkane Energy plc (AIM: ALK) announced the appointment of Carl Stuart Kameen as Finance Director. Carl is taking over as Finance Director from Steve Goalby. Carl has been with Alkane for four years, initially as Financial Analyst and for the last 18 months as Financial Controller. Steve was appointed as Finance Director in 2000 and took on the duties of Company Secretary in December 2003. He will remain on the Board as Director and Company Secretary in order to ensure a smooth transition.

Vesuvius plc announced that Chris O’Shea, the Chief Financial Officer, will leave the Company during September 2015 having accepted the position of Group Finance Director for Smiths Group plc.

Smiths Group plc announced the appointment of Chris O’Shea as its new Finance Director, effective from 18 September 2015. Chris is currently Chief Financial Officer of Vesuvius plc. He formerly held senior international finance posts in BG Group plc and Royal Dutch Shell plc. As previously announced, Rob White will continue as Interim Chief Financial Officer until Chris takes up his new post. Rob White, who replaced Peter Turner when he stepped down as Finance Director last week, will return to his position as Vice President, Global Finance for Smiths Medical following his temporary assignment.

Saga plc announced the appointment of Jonathan Hill as an Executive Director. Jonathan joined Saga in April 2015 as Group Chief Financial Officer Designate from Bovis Homes Group plc where he was Group Finance Director. Prior to that, he held various senior roles within TUI Travel and Centrica. Jonathan qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Price Waterhouse in London.

Plant Impact plc (AIM: PIM) announced that Chris Tyler has been appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director with effect from 1 May 2015. Chris is currently the Group Finance Director at Porvair plc (LON: PRV), a position he has held since 2004. Previously, he held a number of senior financial positions at Cable & Wireless, including Director of Investor Relations and Chief Financial Officer of Cable & Wireless in the Caribbean.

Redefine International plc announced the appointment of Donald Grant as the Company’s new Chief Financial Officer, following the announcement last year that Andrew Rowell intended to resign. Donald is expected to join the Company on 3 August 2015. Donald joins Redefine International from Capital & Counties Properties PLC, where he has been the financial controller for the last six years.

Laird PLC announced the appointment of Tony Quinlan as Chief Financial Officer. Tony is currently Group Finance Director of Drax Group plc, a position he has held for over six years. He previously worked at Marks & Spencer where he held a number of senior positions within Internal Audit, Corporate Finance, Investor Relations and Financial Control. His last position was Director of Finance, the deputy to the Group Finance Director, before joining Drax in 2008. Tony is also Vice Chairman of the Port of London Authority (PLA), where he chairs the Audit Committee. Tony Quinlan will join Laird on 1 July 2015 and will be appointed to the Board effective from 28 July 2015. Jonathan Silver, Laird’s current CFO, is standing down as a director on 8 May but has agreed to continue until 8 August to ensure a smooth handover.

Drax Group plc (LSE: DRX) announced that Tony Quinlan has advised the Board of his intention to resign as Finance Director in order to take a position at Laird PLC. He will resign as a director of the Company with effect from 31 May 2015 and his service agreement will terminate on 30 June 2015, the date on which he will leave the Company. Michael Scott will take over as Interim Finance Director for the Group, working with Tony Quinlan until his leaving date to ensure a smooth transition. Michael joined the Company in May 2005 and is currently Head of Corporate Finance, having previously held the positions of Head of Investor Relations and Group Financial Controller.

Essenden PLC announced that Charles Freeman has been appointed as Interim Chief Financial Officer to the Company, following the announcement on 16th January 2015 that Richard Darwin, Finance Director, had informed the Board of his intention to leave the Company. Richard has now left the Company and resigned from the Board.


CFO Moves - week ending 24 April 2015

Braveheart Investment Group plc (AIM: BRH) announced that Aileen Brown has stepped down as Chief Financial Officer.

St. Modwen Properties PLC (LSE: SMP) announced the appointment of Robert Hudson as its Group Finance Director. It is anticipated that Rob will join the Company by October 2015. Rob joins St. Modwen from British Land PLC, where he has been Group Financial Controller since October 2011. Rob began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers before moving to Experian PLC in 2000 where he held a number of senior financial roles, including Global Finance Director of its Decision Analytics business and UK Finance Director. St. Modwen’s current Group Finance Director, Mike Dunn, will step down from the Board on 31st May 2015. Andy Taylor, who joined the Company in July 2007 as Group Financial Controller, will become acting Group Finance Director until Rob’s appointment becomes effective.

Somero Enterprises, Inc. announced the appointment of John Yuncza as Chief Financial Officer. Most recently, Mr. Yuncza was Chief Financial Officer of Datamax-O’Neil Corporation, a position he held since 2012. Neil Mathur, having fulfilled the role of Chief Financial Officer since Mike Niemela‘s unexpected retirement in October 2014, is returning to his role as Senior Corporate Controller, a position he has held since 2007, and stepping down from the Board.

Audioboom Group plc (AIM: BOOM) announced the appointment of David McDonagh as Chief Financial Officer with effect from 18 May 2015. David joins the Company from WideOrbit. Previously Mr. McDonagh worked with Apple, Palm Inc. and subsequently Hewlett Packard.

SafeCharge International Group Limited (AIM: SCH) announced that Ali Khwaja, currently Chief Executive of SafeCharge Card Services and Executive Vice-President of SafeCharge Group, has been appointed Group Chief Financial Officer. The Company created the new strategic role of Group Business Development Director, to be undertaken by current Group Finance Director, Tim Mickley. Mr. Khwaja has worked in the Group since joining from Berenberg Bank in February 2015. Mr. Khwaja was a Financial Technology Analyst at Berenberg. Prior to Berenberg, Mr. Khwaja was a Technology Analyst at UBS.

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