RWS, a unique, world-leading provider of technology-enabled language, content and intellectual property services, has further strengthened its Executive Team with two significant appointments. Effective immediately, Candida (Candy) Davies becomes Chief Financial Officer and Board member, while Jane Hyde joins the Executive Team as General Counsel and Company Secretary.
“Candy and Jane are highly talented and experienced leaders, and we’re proud to have them on our Executive Team,” said Ian El-Mokadem, CEO of RWS. “Their appointments further reinforce our commitment to shareholders and clients to have the best financial, legal and governance functions in place.”
An accomplished leader with more than 25 years’ experience, Candy will oversee all aspects of the Group’s financial function. She will work closely with Rod Day, who will continue as a member of the Board and as Deputy Chief Financial Officer, to ensure an orderly handover of responsibilities, until 31 December 2022 when, as planned, he will leave the Group.
Candy brings a deep expertise in finance, strategy and business transformation, and a wealth of international experience in executing and integrating significant corporate transactions. She was most recently Head of Finance for the Personal Health division of Royal Philips, the Dutch-headquartered health technology conglomerate, where she also supported the Group Innovation and Strategy function. She has considerable experience in commercial and operational leadership and played a key role in driving market innovation, new business models and solutions to support enhancing patient and consumer experience, improving health outcomes and driving sustainable performance.
Prior to this she spent eight years at Reckitt Benckiser, latterly as European Finance Director for the Hygiene and Home Business Unit, having previously been Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller for the group. Earlier in her career, she spent 12 years with Eli Lilly & Co, having qualified as a chartered accountant at KPMG.
Jane, as General Counsel and Company Secretary, will hold overall responsibility for the Group’s legal, governance and compliance functions. Each of the Group’s legal teams will now report directly to Jane. She will also lead the company secretarial and risk management activities to support the delivery of RWS’s medium-term growth strategy.
Jane has an outstanding record in advising public companies and has held a mix of private practice and in-house legal roles alongside commercial and compliance roles in international organizations including JPMorgan Cazenove and Nomura International.
Before joining RWS, Jane was General Counsel and Company Secretary of De La Rue plc, overseeing all legal and corporate governance matters, business ethics and risk management. She also spent six years with FTSE 250 company Hikma Pharmaceuticals plc as Head of Corporate and European Legal. Jane trained and qualified as a solicitor with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
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