RWS Holdings plc (“RWS” or “the Group”), a unique world-leading provider of technology-enabled language, content and intellectual property services, confirms that Julie Southern has been appointed Independent, Non-executive Chairman, as was anticipated by the announcement on 27 July 2022. Having stepped down as Chairman, Andrew Brode will remain on the Board as a Non-executive Director.
Julie Southern has served as a Non-executive Director and Chairman Designate of RWS as part of the Group’s succession planning since July 2022. In her new role, she will also chair the Nomination Committee but will step down from the Group’s Audit Committee in line with corporate governance best practice. Julie brings a wealth of business, strategic and governance experience from her current and previous Non-executive Director roles. She is currently Chair of the Board of NXP Semiconductors, where she has been a Non-executive Director since 2013 and is also a Non-executive Director at Ocado Group.
Ian El-Mokadem, Chief Executive Officer of RWS, commented:
“Andrew has been fundamental to RWS’s success since leading a buyout in 1995. He has overseen a series of significant milestones, from listing the Group on AIM in 2003 to overseeing tremendous growth in revenues and profits, driven both by the underlying business and a series of acquisitions. Without his dedication to the Group, we would not have achieved our market leading position. The Board, and everyone at RWS, owes Andrew a huge debt of gratitude for his contributions over many years. We look forward to continuing to benefit from his wise counsel as a Non-executive Director.
As we look to the future, we welcome Julie Southern as our Chairman. Her leadership, strategic and governance experience will ensure that we are well positioned to deliver on our medium-to-long term objectives.”