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Matthew Thompson & Chris Copeland join Mitie’s Leadership Team

Press Release   •   Nov 02, 2017 09:30 GMT

Left: Matthew Thompson, Managing Director, Cleaning & Environmental Services. Right: Chris Copeland, Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer.

2 November 2017

Mitie Group plc has made two new senior appointments. Matthew Thompson joins as Managing Director of Mitie‘s Cleaning & Environmental Services business, whilst Chris Copeland takes up the newly created role of Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer and will be responsible for overseeing and developing Mitie’s corporate and business unit strategy.

Matthew joins from Zenith Ltd, the UK’s largest independent vehicle leasing business, where he held the position of Chief Commercial Officer. Prior to this, he spent eight years at Compass Group where he was Managing Director of the UK Sports & Leisure business, covering sector services from catering to cleaning. Before Compass, Matthew held a number of senior executive positions at Centrica and Glaxo Welcome, spanning both UK and global activities. He reports directly to Mitie’s Chief Executive, Phil Bentley.

Chris joins from Bupa where he developed the corporate strategy and set up innovation and digital programmes for the leading healthcare specialist. Prior to this, he spent 16 years at Diageo where he built and led a £300m innovation business for the international region as well as leading marketing for big brands such as Captain Morgan rum. Chris reports to Simon Venn, Managing Director, Professional Services & Connected Workspace.

Phil Bentley, Chief Executive, Mitie said:

“I am delighted to welcome both Matthew and Chris to Mitie, two excellent experienced executives who will help drive our business forward.

“Matthew joins Mitie to lead our Cleaning & Environmental Services business. With over 20,000 employees and customers throughout the UK, this is one of our most visible and well-known Mitie offerings. His expertise and proven track record in delivery, coupled with a deep understanding of the outsourcing industry will be invaluable to Mitie.

“Chris is an innovative and customer-focused leader who has built and promoted both businesses and brands throughout his career. His passion, strategic ability and innovative thinking will be a great asset to Mitie, as we transform our business.”

Matthew Thompson, Managing Director of Cleaning & Environmental Services, said:

“I am delighted to be joining Mitie at this incredibly exciting time in its evolution. As a market leader in the support services sector Mitie is fundamentally a strong business and I’m really looking forward to working with everyone here.”

Chris Copeland, Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer, said:

“I am very pleased to be joining Mitie at such a pivotal time for the company. Helping the company move beyond facilities management, by building its brand, marketing and innovation capabilities, offers an exciting opportunity. I am very much looking forward to being part of Mitie’s transformation story.”

About Mitie

Mitie is a FTSE 250 business providing a wide range of facilities management and professional services, from real estate consultancy, project management, energy consultancy, compliance, risk assessment and security systems to cleaning, catering, engineering, technical and environmental services and a range of specialist services.

We work in partnership with organisations to deliver long-term savings, managing and maintaining some of the nation's most recognised landmarks for a range of blue-chip public and private sector customers.

We are the UK's largest Facilities Management Company, employing some 53,000 people across the country.

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