Company Announcements

Directorate Change

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Spectris PLC
15 January 2019





15 January 2019 - The Board of Spectris plc (SXS: LSE), the productivity-enhancing instrumentation and controls company, announces that after 12 years as Group Finance Director, Clive Watson has decided to retire from the Board. The Board also announces that it has recruited Derek Harding to succeed Clive. Derek will join the Board as Chief Financial Officer Designate on 1 March and will work closely with Clive during March to ensure a smooth transition. Clive will step down from the Board and the role of Group Finance Director no later than 1 April when Derek will assume the role of Chief Financial Officer.


Derek brings a wide range of financial leadership and industrial expertise to Spectris. He most recently served as group finance director at Shop Direct. Prior to that, Derek was group finance director at Senior plc from 2013 to 2017 and before that, was at Wolseley plc for 11 years, most recently as finance director of Wolseley UK. He previously held a number of group roles including group financial controller, director of group strategy and investor relations, and head of mergers and acquisitions. Derek qualified as a chartered accountant with PwC.


Mark Williamson, Chairman, commented: "I would like to express my thanks to Clive who has had a very successful 12 years as Group Finance Director. During his tenure, Clive has made a substantial contribution to both the finance function and in shaping and delivering the strategy. The Board and I are grateful for his dedication and impact and wish him well in his retirement."


"I am delighted that Derek is joining Spectris. He has broad experience in the industrial and technology sectors, as well as across a number of financial disciplines. He also brings significant experience in driving change and implementing strategy. I am confident he will be a great addition to the Spectris team in the next phase of its journey."


Derek Harding commented: "I am looking forward to joining Spectris and working with Andrew and the team. With its high-quality technologies and strong market positions, Spectris clearly has great potential. I'm excited to join at this time of strategic evolution. I look forward to helping deliver the strategy and driving sustainable profitable growth."


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Spectris plc

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Spectris plc is a leading supplier of productivity-enhancing instrumentation and controls. The Company's products, technologies and services help customers to improve product quality and performance, improve core manufacturing processes, reduce downtime and wastage and reduce time to market. Its global customer base spans a diverse range of end-user markets. Spectris operates across four business segments which reflect the applications and industries it serves: Materials Analysis, Test and Measurement, In-line Instrumentation and Industrial Controls. Headquartered in Egham, Surrey, United Kingdom, the Company employs approximately 10,000 people located in more than 30 countries.
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