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(Alliance News) - The following is a round-up of London-listed company director and manager ...

Alliance News 5 January, 2021 | 5:55PM
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(Alliance News) - The following is a round-up of London-listed company director and manager changes announced on Tuesday and not separately reported by Alliance News:

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Saga PLC - Cheryl Agius steps down as chief executive officer of Saga Insurance and as an executive director of Saga PLC, effective immediately, "for personal reasons", after only a year in the job. Agius joined Saga from FTSE 100 insurer Legal & General PLC, where she led its General Insurance business. Saga says group CEO Euan Sutherland will be interim CEO of Saga Insurance until a replacement is found. A search has begun, it says, and the process is expected to take several months.

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Berkeley Group Holdings PLC - Cobham, Surrey-based housebuilder - Hires William Jackson, Elizabeth Adekunle and Andy Kemp as new non-executive directors. Jackson and Adekunle join board from Tuesday, while Kemp joins on July 1. Veronica Wadley will retire from the board on January 31, having joined in 2021. As previously announced, Adrian Li will retire from the board at the 2021 annual general meeting. Jackson is managing partner of private equity firm Bridgepoint, having led it since 2001. Adekunle is archdeacon of Hackney for the Diocese of London and chairs the Monuments & Plaques Committee of St Paul's Cathedral. Kemp is a senior partner with PwC in London, due to retire before joining the Berkeley board. Chair Glyn Barker says appointments are part of Berkeley's programme to refresh the board by June 2022.

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British Land Co PLC - London-based commercial property developer - William Jackson to step down as non-executive director from end of financial year on March 31.

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PureTech Health PLC - Boston, Massachusetts-based biotherapeutics company - Hires George Farmer as chief financial officer. Farmer joins from BMO Capital Markets, where he has been a biotechnology equity analyst for 15 years.

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Johnson Service Group PLC - Cheshire, England-based textile rentals - Bill Shannon to retire as chair at annual general meeting in May. Hires Jock Lennox as independent non-executive director and chair designate. Lennox is a chartered accountant who was a partner at Ernst & Young LLP before leaving in 2009 for a board career. He currently is on the board of housebuilder Barratt Developments PLC.

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SimplyBiz Group PLC - Huddersfield, England-based business services provider to financial advisers - Hires Imogen Joss as non-executive director, starting Tuesday. Joss was executive director of the Information Services division at London Stock Exchange Group PLC, chief commercial officer at S&P Global Inc, president of S&P Platts, head of European Sales at Informa Global Markets, and European sales director at the Financial Times. She currently is a non-executive director of Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC.

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Nostrum Oil & Gas PLC - production, development and exploration in pre-Caspian Basin - Simon Byrne resigns from board of directors, effective from this past Monday. Byrne was the nominee of shareholder Mayfair Investments BV, and Mayfair Investments doesn't intend to nominate a director to replace Byrne, Nostrum says.

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Premier Foods PLC - Orkun Kilic resigns as non-executive director, effective immediately, after Paulson & Co Inc reduces stake in Premier to 8.8% from 10.3%, ending relationship agreement. Meanwhile, a revised relationship agreement is struck with Oasis Management Co Ltd, meaning Oasis nominee Daniel Wosner will remain a non-executive director.

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Ascential PLC - London-based information, data and analytics company - Hires Suzanne Baxter and Funke Ighodaro as independent non-executive directors, effective immediately. Baxter was chief financial officer of facilities management firm Mitie Group PLC. Ighodaro was CFO of several listed companies on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. She is currently a non-executive director of Massmart Holdings Ltd, Old Mutual Ltd and Sabvest Ltd.

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Mattioli Woods PLC - Leicester, England-based wealth management and employee benefits - Hires David Kiddie, Edward Knapp and Martin Reason as independent non-executive directors, with immediate effect. Kiddie was CEO of BNP Paribas Asset Management (UK). He was chief investment officer and head of Equities at AMP Capital, ABN AMRO Asset Management, Baring Asset Management and Rothschild Asset Management. Knapp was an executive at HSBC Bank, Barclays Bank and McKinsey & Co. He is currently a non-executive director of F&C Investment Trust PLC. Reason was CEO of Melton Mowbray Building Society, prior to which he was an executive at Merrill Lynch, HSBC Bank and Midland Bank.

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Bluejay Mining PLC - exploration and development in Greenland and Finland - CEO Rod McIllree moves to executive chair, while Mike Hutchinson moves from chair to non-executive director. Chief Operating Officer Bo Moller Stensgaard promoted to CEO. Ian Henderson retires as non-executive director, while Peter Waugh remains non-executive director. Board reorganisation was effective from Monday. Says changes are made as company progresses its flagship Dundas ilmenite project in Greenland.

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GlobalData PLC - London-based data analytics and consulting - Bernard Cragg will stand down as independent non-executive chair at April 21 AGM, after 10 years on the board, including four as chair. Non-Executive Director Murray Legg promoted to replace Cragg. Says will appoint additional non-executive directors "in due course". Legg has been on the board since 2016. He is a chartered accountant who was a partner at PwC for 24 years.

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Novacyt SA - Anglo-French biotechnology group focused on clinical diagnostics - Hires James McCarthy as chief financial officer, effective immediately, while Anthony Dyer moves to chief corporate development officer. McCarthy will replace Dyer on the Novacyt board. McCarthy was CFO of Flint Group and prior to that a finance executive for Australian logistics firm Brambles Ltd.

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OptiBiotix Health PLC - York, England-based developer of compounds to treat obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes and skincare - Chris Brinsmead joined board as non-executive director on Friday, after regulatory due diligence was completed. Brinsmead was president of AstraZeneca UK & Ireland, part of AstraZeneca PLC, until 2010 and before that president of the Association of the British Pharamaceutical Industry.

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Pure Gold Mining Inc - Canada-focused gold miner - Hires Chris Haubrich as vice president for Business Development. Haubrich is a mining engineer who was a vice president in Investment Banking at National Bank Financial, where he advised clients in the mining sector.

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Sanne Group PLC - London-based fund and corporate services - Hires Fernando Fanton as independent non-executive director, effective from Tuesday. Fanton was chief product & technology officer at Just Eat, now part of Just Eat Takeaway.com NV.

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FBD Holdings PLC - Dublin-based property and casualty insurer - Hires Tim Cullinan as independent non-executive director, effective immediately. Cullinan is a farmer in County Tipperary, where he runs a pig enterprise alongside a feed mill operation. He is president of the Irish Farmers' Association and also is non-executive director of Bord Bia, an Irish semi-state agency that promotes Ireland's food, drink and horticulture industry in Ireland and abroad.

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Chesterfield Resources PLC - copper-gold exploration company in Cyprus, in which Polymetal International PLC holds a 23% stake - Hires Neil O'Brien as director of Exploration. O'Brien was senior vice president of Exploration & New Business Development at Lundin Mining Corp until 2018.

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Shanta Gold Ltd - East Africa-focused producer, developer and explorer - Hires Yuri Dobrotin as exploration manager, starting last Friday. Dobrotin joins from Canada's Barrick Gold Corp, where he was a senior district geologist in Tanzania. Prior to that, he was geology manager at Acacia Mining's Kenyan operations where he was involved in the discovery of the West Kenya project. Shanta bought this project from Barrick in 2020, Acacia having been acquired by Barrick in 2019.

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By Tom Waite; thomaslwaite@alliancenews.com

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