27 July 2022
RWS Holdings plc
RWS Holdings plc ("RWS" or "the Group"), a unique world-leading provider of technology-enabled language, content and intellectual property services, today announces the appointment of Julie Southern as Non-Executive Director and Chairman Designate. The appointment forms part of the Group's succession planning, with the intention that Julie takes up the role of Non-Executive Chairman in October 2023, at which time Andrew Brode will become a Non-Executive Director.
Julie, who will also become a member of the Group's Audit Committee, brings a wealth of business and governance experience from her previous executive career and her Non-Executive Director roles.
Julie is currently a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit committees at Rentokil Initial, Ocado, NXP Semiconductor and easyJet, where she is also Senior Independent Director. She will have served as a Non-Executive Director at Rentokil Initial for a period of nine years in July 2023. Julie has also previously held Non-Executive Director positions at DFS Furniture Company and Cineworld Cinemas, where she chaired the respective Audit Committees, at Stagecoach where she chaired the Remuneration Committee and at Gategroup where she chaired the Nomination and Compensation Committee. Julie's executive career included a number of senior finance, operations and marketing roles including at Porsche Cars, as Group Finance Director from 1996, before she joined Virgin Atlantic in 2000 as CFO with a broad management role, later becoming its Chief Commercial Officer in 2010.
With world class leadership established across the Group, following the appointment of Ian El-Mokadem as CEO and the SDL acquisition, Julie's appointment will further strengthen the Group's highly experienced Board and provide a high calibre successor to Andrew Brode as Chairman.
Andrew has indicated his intention to step down from his role as Chairman with effect from October 2023 at which time he will become a Non-Executive Director. Andrew remains fully committed to supporting the Board in driving the business forward and intends to remain a significant shareholder in the Group.
Lara Boro, Senior Independent Director of RWS, commented:
"We are delighted to welcome Julie to the Board of RWS following an extensive search process which identified her as the ideal candidate to enhance the Board, and as Andrew's successor. Her breadth of experience in executive and non-executive positions across a range of blue-chip businesses will be of great value to the Board as the Group capitalises on its unique platform to drive accelerated, sustainable organic growth, complemented by acquisitions. Julie's appointment, ahead of Andrew stepping down to a Non-Executive Director role, will enable a smooth transition of roles."
Julie Southern, Non-Executive Director and Chairman Designate, commented:
"I am delighted to be joining RWS as Chairman Designate at such a key stage of the business' development. RWS has an exceptional platform combining leading technology and expertise and a very successful track record of growth. I look forward to working with the Board to lead such a world-class company and team as it delivers on its clear strategy for value creation."
Ian El-Mokadem, CEO of RWS, commented:
"I would like to add my warm welcome to Julie as she joins our Board. Julie brings broad experience from a range of high-quality customer-focused organisations and I look forward to working with her to capitalise on the Group's expanded scale, footprint and capabilities, and strong financial position, to deliver on our medium-term strategy and five year accelerated growth plan, as set out at our recent Capital Markets Day."
"We are thankful that Andrew will be remaining with us as Non-Executive Director, once he steps down from the role as Chairman, thereby enabling the business and the Board to continue to benefit from his broad knowledge of our industry, his entrepreneurial flair and his wise counsel. Andrew's contribution to RWS's growth has been huge, guiding the business from a c.£40m company, upon its listing in 2003, to a c.£1.4bn market capitalisation today, with leading positions in attractive end markets."
Other than the directorships listed below, there is no further information required to be disclosed pursuant to paragraph (g) of Schedule 2 of the AIM Rules for Companies in relation to Julie Southern's appointment to the Board.
Julie holds or has held directorships in the five years preceding her appointment at RWS as follows:
NXP Semiconductors NV
Ocado Group plc
Rentokil Initial plc
Shilton Midco 2 Ltd (Safety-Kleen)
Appointments held in past five years:
Cineworld Group plc
DFS Furniture plc
Hilbre UK Ltd
Stagecoach Group plc
For further information, please contact:
RWS Holdings plc
Andrew Brode, Chairman
Ian El-Mokadem, Chief Executive Officer
Rod Day, Interim Chief Financial Officer
MHP (Financial PR advisor)
Katie Hunt / Simon Hockridge
020 3128 8100
Numis (Nomad & Joint Broker)
Stuart Skinner / Kevin Cruickshank / Will Baunton
020 7260 1000
Berenberg (Joint Broker)
Ben Wright / Toby Flaux / Alix Mecklenburg-Solodkoff
020 3207 7800
RWS Holdings plc is a unique, world-leading provider of technology-enabled language, content and intellectual property services. Through content transformation and multilingual data analysis, our unique combination of technology and cultural expertise helps our clients to grow by ensuring they are understood anywhere, in any language.
Our purpose is unlocking global understanding. By combining cultural understanding, client understanding and technical understanding, our services and technology assist our clients to acquire and retain customers, deliver engaging user experiences, maintain compliance and gain actionable insights into their data and content.
Our clients include 90 of the world's top 100 brands, the top 20 pharmaceutical companies and 19 of the top 20 patent filers. Our client base spans Europe, Asia Pacific and North and South America. We work in the automotive, chemical, financial, legal, medical, pharmaceutical, technology and telecommunications sectors, which we serve from 80+ global locations across five continents.
Founded in 1958, RWS is headquartered in the UK and publicly listed on AIM, the London Stock Exchange regulated market (RWS.L).
For further information, please visit: www.rws.com.