Oct 112021
 
Volution Group announces Board member Amanda Mellor as next Senior Independent Director

– UK, Crawley –  Volution Group plc (LON: FAN) today announced the appointment of Board member Amanda Mellor as Senior Independent Director with effect from the conclusion of the AGM on Thursday 9 December 2021, succeeding Tony Reading who will be retiring from the Board at the same date.

Amanda has been an Independent Non-Executive Director since March 2018 and has also been appointed as the Board representative for ESG matters and attends the Management Sustainability Committee.

“I look forward to working with Amanda in her new role as Senior Independent Director.” said Board Chairman, Paul Hollingworth.

About Volution Group

Volution Group plc is a leading international designer and manufacturer of energy-efficient indoor air quality solutions.

Volution Group comprises 19 key brands across three regions:

UK: Vent-Axia, Manrose, Diffusion, National Ventilation, Airtech, Breathing Buildings, Torin-Sifan.
Continental Europe: Fresh, PAX, VoltAir, Kair, Air Connection, Rtek, inVENTer, Ventilair, ClimaRad, ERI Corporation.
Australasia: Simx, Ventair, Manrose.

For more information: https://www.volutiongroupplc.com/

Oct 072021
 
Card Factory announces Rob McWilliam to its Board as Independent Director

– UK, Wakefield –  Card Factory PLC (LON: CARD) today announced the appointment of Rob McWilliam to its Board as Independent Non-Executive Director with effect from 1 November 2021.

Rob will be appointed to the Audit and Risk Committee, Nomination Committee, and Remuneration Committee, and will assume the role of Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

“We are delighted to welcome Rob to Card Factory. Rob brings extensive retail and digital business experience, which is aligned with Card Factory’s strategic priorities, which were recently shared with the market. Rob will bring a depth and breadth of knowledge and commercial insight that will add capability and capacity to the board. Additionally, Rob’s financial expertise ensures that he has the relevant credentials to be appointed as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, to succeed David in this critically important role.” said Board chairman, Paul Moody.

About Robert McWilliam

Rob was CFO of Asda from 2018 and 2021; and between 1997 and 2012, held several senior roles within the Asda group including Commercial Finance & Strategy Director and Business Change Director. In between his two periods with Asda, Rob was VP, UK, Finance Director, and then VP of Consumables at Amazon UK.

Rob is currently a Non-Executive Director and Trustee of Jisc, and a Non-Executive Director of Venture Simulations Limited. Rob was Independent Director of YPO and was previously a Non-Executive Director of Ten Entertainment Group plc where he was also the Chairman of the Risk and Audit Committee.

For more information: https://www.cardfactory.co.uk

Oct 052021
 
Santander UK appoints Pamela Walkden to its Board as Independent Director

– UK, London –  Santander UK Group Holdings plc (LON: 83WK), and Santander UK plc today announced the appointment of Pamela Walkden as an Independent Non-Executive Director representing Banco Santander SA on 1 October 2021, replacing Bruce Carnegie-Brown who stepped down as a director on 30 September 2021.

About Pamela Walkden

Pamela Walkden has extensive banking experience since 2019 as a non-executive director of Banco Santander SA and previously as an Executive Committee member of Standard Chartered Bank where she held a variety of senior positions including Group Head of Human Resources, Chief Risk Officer, Group Treasurer, Group Head of Asset and Liability Management and Regional Markets, Group Head of Internal Audit, Group Head of Corporate Affairs and Group Manager of Investor Relations. She has also served as an independent member of the UK Prudential Regulation Authority Regulatory Reform Panel and a member of the European Banking Authority Stakeholder Group.

About Santander UK

Santander UK is a financial services provider in the UK that offers a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services. On 30 June 2021, the bank had around 20,900 employees and serves around 14 million active customers, via a nationwide branch network, telephone, mobile, and online banking. Santander UK is subject to the full supervision of the FCA and the PRA in the UK. Santander UK plc customers’ eligible deposits are protected by the FSCS in the UK.

About Banco Santander

Banco Santander (LON: 83WK), is a leading retail and commercial bank, founded in 1857 and headquartered in Spain and is one of the largest banks in the world by market capitalization. Its primary segments are Europe, North America, South America, and Digital Consumer Bank. Its global reach is backed by its secondary segments: Santander Corporate & Investment Banking, Wealth Management & Insurance, and PagoNxt. Its purpose is to help people and businesses prosper in a simple, personal, and fair way. Banco Santander is building a more responsible bank and has made several commitments to support this objective, including raising over €120 billion in green financing between 2019 and 2025, as well as financially empowering more than 10 million people over the same period. At the end of H1 2021, Banco Santander had more than a trillion euros in total funds, 150 million customers, of which 24.2 million are loyal and 45.4 million are digital, 10,000 branches, and over 190,000 employees.

For more information: https://www.santander.co.uk/

Oct 042021
 
AVEVA Group welcomes Dr. Ayesha Khanna to its Board as Independent Director

– UK, Cambridge –  AVEVA Group plc (LON: AVV) today announced the appointment of Dr. Ayesha Khanna to its Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director, effective 28 October 2021.

“We are delighted to welcome Ayesha to the Board. Ayesha brings a significant depth of technology and industry knowledge, which will be of great value to AVEVA as it continues to lead the digital transformation of the industrial world.” said Board Chairman Philip Aiken.

About Dr. Ayesha Khanna

Dr. Ayesha Khanna is Co-Founder and CEO of ADDO AI, an artificial intelligence (AI) solutions firm and incubator. She has been a strategic advisor on artificial intelligence and smart cities to leading corporations and governments. Ayesha also serves on the Board of Infocomm Media Development Authority, the Singapore government’s agency that develops and regulates its world-class technology sector. She is the co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization. ADDO AI was featured in Forbes magazine as one of four leading artificial intelligence companies in Asia in 2017, and Ayesha was named one of Southeast Asia’s groundbreaking female entrepreneurs in 2018 by Forbes. She is also the founder of 21st Century Girls, a charity that teaches girls coding and artificial intelligence.

Before founding ADDO AI, Ayesha spent more than a decade on Wall Street developing large-scale trading, risk management, and data analytics systems.

For more information: https://www.aveva.com/

Oct 012021
 
Serica Energy welcomes Richard Rose to its Board as Non-Executive Director

– UK, Aberdeen –  Serica Energy plc (LON: SQZ) today announced the appointment of Richard Rose to its Board as a Non-Executive Director with immediate effect.

Tony Craven Walker, Board Chairman said: “I am delighted to welcome Richard to the Serica Energy plc Board as a non-executive director. Richard brings over 27 years of knowledge and experience to the role which will broaden and diversify the Board’s overall expertise as the Company continues to grow its business. In particular, Richard’s longstanding capital markets and industry expertise, both from an advisory and corporate perspective, will bring additional knowledge to the Board and complement the skills and expertise of existing Board members. I and my Board colleagues are looking forward to his contribution and input as a non-executive director and to his support whilst we continue to look at new opportunities to expand and deliver Serica’s growth strategy.”

About Richard Rose

Richard initially worked for Ernst & Young LLP where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant before joining HSBC Investment Bank in the Corporate Finance division. In 2002, Richard joined Oriel Securities, becoming a partner in Equity Research, and was responsible for coverage of the E&P sector. Richard then joined RBC Capital Markets in 2012 as a Managing Director where he advised several energy companies before joining Ophir Energy as Strategy and Head of Corporate Communications. In 2014, Richard was appointed as Finance Director of Premier Oil plc and, from January to April 2021, acted as Interim Chief Executive Officer of Premier Oil plc until the completion of the all-share merger of Premier Oil and Chrysaor Holdings which formed Harbour Energy plc

For more information: https://www.serica-energy.com/

Sep 302021
 
Pentair announces Melissa Barra to its Board of Directors

 UK, London –  Pentair plc (NYSE: PNR) today announced the appointment of Melissa Barra to its board of directors, effective December 1, 2021.

“Melissa has a strong background in customer experience, services and strategy in business to consumer environments, as well as experience in digital transformation and information technology,” said Board Chairman, David Jones. “We are pleased to welcome Melissa to our Board of Directors and look forward to her background and experience benefiting Pentair and its shareholders.”

About Melissa Barra

Melissa Barra is EVP, Chief Sales and Services Officer for Sleep Number Corporation, a provider of individualized sleep experiences. Since joining Sleep Number in 2013, she has also served as VP, Consumer Insights and Strategy from 2013 to 2015, SVP, Chief Strategy and Customer Relationship Officer from 2015 to 2019, and SVP, Chief Sales, Services and Strategy Office from 2019 to 2020. Before joining Sleep Number, from 2005 to 2012, Ms. Barra held a variety of senior leadership roles in strategy, corporate development, and finance for Best Buy Co., Inc. Previously, she also held strategy leadership and corporate finance roles domestically and internationally at Grupo Futuro, Citibank, and GE Capital.

About Pentair

Pentair makes the most of life’s essential resources. From our residential and business solutions that help people move, improve and enjoy their water, to our sustainable innovations and applications, we deliver smart, sustainable living solutions.

Pentair had revenue in 2020 of $3 billion, and trades under the ticker symbol PNR. With approximately 9,750 employees serving customers in more than 150 countries, we work to help improve lives and the environment around the world.

For more information: https://www.pentair.com/

Sep 292021
 
Pentair announces Melissa Barra to its Board of Directors

– UK, London –  Pentair plc (NYSE: PNR) today announced the appointment of Melissa Barra to its board of directors, effective December 1, 2021.

“Melissa has a strong background in customer experience, services and strategy in business to consumer environments, as well as experience in digital transformation and information technology,” said Board Chairman, David Jones. “We are pleased to welcome Melissa to our Board of Directors and look forward to her background and experience benefiting Pentair and its shareholders.”

About Melissa Barra

Melissa Barra is EVP, Chief Sales and Services Officer for Sleep Number Corporation, a provider of individualized sleep experiences. Since joining Sleep Number in 2013, she has also served as VP, Consumer Insights and Strategy from 2013 to 2015, SVP, Chief Strategy and Customer Relationship Officer from 2015 to 2019, and SVP, Chief Sales, Services and Strategy Office from 2019 to 2020. Before joining Sleep Number, from 2005 to 2012, Ms. Barra held a variety of senior leadership roles in strategy, corporate development, and finance for Best Buy Co., Inc. Previously, she also held strategy leadership and corporate finance roles domestically and internationally at Grupo Futuro, Citibank, and GE Capital.

About Pentair

Pentair makes the most of life’s essential resources. From our residential and business solutions that help people move, improve and enjoy their water, to our sustainable innovations and applications, we deliver smart, sustainable living solutions.

Pentair had revenue in 2020 of $3 billion, and trades under the ticker symbol PNR. With approximately 9,750 employees serving customers in more than 150 countries, we work to help improve lives and the environment around the world.

For more information: https://www.pentair.com/

Sep 282021
 
CVS Group welcomes David Wilton to its Board as Non-Executive Director and announces Deborah Kemp as new Senior Independent Director

– UK, Diss –  CVS Group plc (LON: CVSG), one of the UK’s leading providers of integrated veterinary services, today announced the appointment of David Wilton to its Board as Non-Executive Director with effect from 24 September 2021, replacing Senior Independent Director, Mike McCollum, who is stepping down from the Board on 23 September 2021.

“I would like to welcome David to the Board. He joins at an exciting time in the Company’s evolution and his skills and experience, particularly in people based businesses, will be welcome in support of the finance function but also more broadly as we capitalise on the growth opportunities before us.” said Non-Executive Chairman, Richard Connell.

David has also agreed to serve as Chair of the Audit Committee while Deborah Kemp will take up the role of Senior Independent Non-Executive Director.

About David Wilton

David Wilton is a qualified Chartered Accountant with more than 30 years post qualification experience as a CFO, Non-Executive Director, and consultant after many years in corporate finance, primarily in mid-cap M&A with Rothschilds. David has held roles in both public and private equity-backed companies including as Group Finance Director of WYG plc and as Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Sweett Group plc. He is currently CFO of Sumo Group plc, the AIM-listed provider of acclaimed development, design and publishing services to the video games and entertainment industries.

For more information: https://www.cvsukltd.co.uk

Sep 272021
 
W.H. Ireland welcomes Tom Wood to its Board as Non-Executive Director

– UK, London –  W.H. Ireland Group PLC (LON: WHI) today announced the appointment of Tom Wood to its Board as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee.

“I am really pleased to be welcoming Tom to the Board. He brings in depth financial and regulatory experience having been at the forefront of a number major transformations in financial services that accelerated growth and returns. As we build our business, I am confident Tom brings very relevant and current capability to his role as Chair of Audit.” said Board Chair, Phil Shelley.

About Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a highly experienced CEO / CFO who has operated in senior leadership roles within Banking and regulated Financial Services. Tom was Chief Restructuring and Financial Officer of The Co-operative Bank plc from 2017 to 2019 having been appointed by the shareholders following its third re-capitalization. Through focused commercial leadership he helped deliver a step-change in returns, growth, and capability. Before that Tom was CFO of Shawbrook Group plc from 2012 to 2016 and was also interim CEO from May 2015 until January 2016. He has more recently advised several private equity funds on financial services sector assignments and portfolio companies in respect of M&A and transformational growth.

Tom Wood, said: “I am delighted to join WH Ireland as a Non-Executive Director following a year of significant progress by the business. The team at WH Ireland is well-positioned to grow both the Wealth Management and Capital Markets businesses, leveraging their reputation of providing high-quality service to their clients in dynamic and changing markets. WH Ireland is building a differentiated and strong position supporting growth companies in both private and public markets and I look forward to helping them grow this vital offering as well as accelerating growth in wealth management.”

For more information: https://www.whirelandplc.com/

Sep 242021
 
Augmentum Fintech announces Conny Dorrestijn to its Board as upcoming Independent Director

– UK, London –  Augmentum Fintech plc (LON: AUGM) today announced the appointment of Conny Dorrestijn to its Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director, with effect from 1 November 2021.

Ms. Dorrestijn will also join the Audit, Valuations, Nominations, and Management Engagement & Remuneration committees.

“I am delighted to welcome Conny to Augmentum. She has been an active part of the European Fintech scene for many years and has worked with a number of early stage Fintech businesses. Conny’s skills and experiences are complementary to those of our existing directors and it is expected that she will bring a new perspective to board discussions.” said Board Chairman, Neil England. 

About Conny Dorrestijn

Conny Dorrestijn is a founding partner of BankiFi, a developer of technology ‘putting banks at the heart of business’, Chair of the supervisory board of pan-European fintech provider Blanco Services, an Associate of the Digital Insurance Agenda, and a Global Innovation Awards Judge at BAI. Previous roles include VP Global Payments Marketing at FIS, following its acquisition of Clear2Pay, where she was Global Head of Corporate Marketing & Analyst Relations.

For more information: https://augmentum.vc/

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