23 July 2015
Bloomsbury Publishing Plc is holding its Annual General Meeting ("AGM") today at 12.00pm at its offices at 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP. At the AGM, the following announcements will be made.
Appointment of John Warren as an independent non-executive director
We are delighted to welcome John Warren to the Bloomsbury Board as an independent non-executive director, chair of the Audit Committee and Senior Independent Director to succeed Ian Cormack whose term ends at this AGM. John sits on the Remuneration, Nomination and Audit committees.
John is a Chartered Accountant and has a wealth of non-executive experience including as audit committee chair of Welsh Water, Greencore Group plc, 4imprint Group plc, Bovis Homes Group PLC and Spectris plc. As an executive, he was Finance Director of WH Smith PLC and United Biscuits Plc. John Warren will be a member of the Audit Committee with recent and relevant financial experience. We look forward to working with him.
In accordance with Listing Rule LR 9.6.13 (1) details of all directorships held by John Warren in any other publicly quoted company at any time in the previous five years are as follows:
|Company Name||Role||Date appointment ceased|
|Greencore Group plc||NED||Current appointment|
|4imprint Group plc||NED||Current appointment|
|Bovis Homes Group PLC||NED||May 2015|
|Spectris plc||NED||April 2015|
|Rank Group Plc||NED||October 2013|
|Uniq Plc||Chairman||September 2011|
There is no further information to disclose in respect of LR 9.6.13. At the time of his appointment, John Warren does not have an interest to be disclosed in the shares of Bloomsbury.
As confirmed on 19 May 2015 in the Preliminary Results announcement, Ian Cormack retires from the Board at the conclusion of today's AGM. Ian has chaired the Audit Committee with great authority and has made a major contribution to the operation of the Board. We wish him well for the future and thank him for the support he has given to the Company.
Appointment of Jonathan Glasspool as an executive director
We are also delighted to announce that Jonathan Glasspool joins the Board as an executive director from the close of today's AGM.
Bloomsbury's large US business and the Academic & Professional division, which is the cornerstone of our future strategy, currently report to Jonathan. The Board will benefit from the voice of these two major parts of our business in the boardroom.
Jonathan joined Bloomsbury in 1999. He is Managing Director of Bloomsbury's Academic & Professional publishing division and has overseen the development of this division through to it winning The Bookseller Industry Award for Academic, Educational & Professional Publisher of the Year in both 2013 and 2014, in addition to other awards.
Jonathan is Chair of the Industry Advisory Board at Oxford Brookes University, a Trustee of Publishing Training Centre, and is a Member of the Commercial Board of the ICAEW and the Academic & Professional Board of the Publisher's Association. He has held roles in publishing with Reed Elsevier in the UK and Asia, the Chartered Management Institute, and Cambridge University Press. Jonathan has a first class degree in English from Trinity College, Oxford, an MA in English from Bristol University and an MBA with Distinction from Warwick Business School.
There is no further information to disclose in respect of LR 9.6.13. At the time of his appointment, Jonathan Glasspool has a beneficial interest in 9,809 Bloomsbury shares representing 0.01% of the issue share capital of the company.
For further information contact:
|Daniel de Belder, Bell Pottinger
Charles Stewart, Bell Pottinger
|+44 (0) 20 3772 2561
+44 (0) 20 3772 2578
|Nigel Newton, Chief Executive, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc||+44 (0) 20 7631 5630|
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