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Non-Executive Director Appointments

10 Dec 2013 08:52

Informa PLC (“Informa” or the “Group”) today announces the appointment of three independent Non-Executive Directors of the Company for a term, with effect from 1st January 2014.

Gareth Bullock was previously Group Executive Director of Standard Chartered plc with responsibility for EMEA, Americas and Risk. He is currently a Non-Executive Director at Tesco PLC, Spirax Sarco Engineering plc, AIM-listed Global Market Group Ltd and is a Trustee of the British Council.

Geoffrey Cooper is currently Chief Executive of Travis Perkins plc, the leading builders’ merchant and home improvement group. He previously held senior executive positions at Alliance UniChem plc, UniChem plc and Gateway (Somerfield plc). He is currently Non-Executive Chairman at Dunelm Group plc.

Helen Owers was previously President, Global Businesses at Thomson Reuters and more recently Chief Development Officer, with a remit to expand the Group’s emerging markets presence. Prior to Thomson Reuters, Helen worked in management consulting and publishing. She currently holds Non-Executive Director positions at PZ Cussons plc, Wragge & Co and The Eden Project.

Derek Mapp, Chairman, said:

“We are delighted to appoint three highly experienced executives to join the Board as Non-Executive Directors. These appointments serve to fill the void left by Stephen Carter’s appointment as Chief Executive and to replace Pam Kirby who stands down in May, as well as to further broaden the knowledge and experience across the Board and leave us well placed to ensure smooth future succession. Our new Non-Executive Directors bring with them a wealth of experience and expertise across numerous sectors and geographies. They add considerable value to the independent scrutiny of our business and I am certain they will make an important contribution in the years to come.”

There are no further disclosures required in respect of these appointments under paragraph 9.6.13 (1) – (6) of the Listing Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority.

Separately, Informa is pleased to announce that the Board has resolved to recommend that the corporate domicile of the parent company of the Group should return to the UK during 2014. This is subject to shareholder approval. A shareholder circular and prospectus will be issued to shareholders and an EGM is anticipated to be held sometime in Q2 2014.

We anticipate no material change in reported tax rates or taxation paid as a result of the change in domicile.

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