Mitie Group PLC (‘Mitie’ or ‘the Group’) is pleased to announce the following changes to its Board of Directors which will be effective from 30 March 2007.
Ruby McGregor-Smith will be appointed as Chief Executive of the Group. Ruby joined the Board of Mitie in December 2002 as Group Finance Director and was subsequently appointed as Chief Operating Officer in September 2005.
Ruby will succeed Ian Stewart, the current Chief Executive, who will retire from his Executive position on the Board and will assume the role of Non Executive Deputy Chairman.
Sir John Jennings, the current Non Executive Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Non Executive Director will also retire, having served on the Board and acted as Non Executive Deputy Chairman for nine years. Cullum McAlpine, a Non Executive Director will be appointed to the role of Senior Independent Non Executive Director. In addition, David Jenkins, a Non Executive Director since 2006 will take over Sir John’s role as Chairman of the Nominations Committee.
David Ord, Chairman commented, “I am delighted to be able to announce these changes to the Board of Mitie. The appointment of Ruby McGregor-Smith as Chief Executive marks a new era for the Group. She has clearly demonstrated her commitment to Mitie as well as the ability to take on this new role. Her appointment as Chief Executive will provide important continuity and strong leadership for the Group, and I am sure that she will undertake her new role with energy and enthusiasm. I wish her every success.
“Ruby succeeds Ian Stewart, who joined the founding team at Mitie over 20 years ago and has successfully led Mitie as Chief Executive over the past six years, guiding the Group through a period of significant change and development. I would like to thank him on behalf of the Board for his exceptional contribution and am pleased that the Board will continue to benefit from his sound advice.
“I would like to thank Sir John Jennings for his substantial and long standing contribution to Mitie’s success. His wise counsel over the years has been extremely valuable. I am pleased that Cullum McAlpine, who has substantial experience of the Group having served as a Non Executive Director for over 3 years has agreed to act in the capacity as Senior Independent Non Executive Director, and also that David Jenkins will take over as Chairman of the Nomination Committee.”
Ruby McGregor-Smith commented, “I am delighted to have been appointed as Chief Executive of Mitie. David Telling, the founding Chairman of Mitie and Ian Stewart were responsible for creating and growing a business that has performed consistently since its inception and which has provided exceptional opportunities for its people. I would like to thank Ian in particular for the support that he has given me at Mitie. I am proud to work with the team at Mitie and I look forward with excitement to the years to come.”
31 January 2007
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For further information, please contact:
John Telling, Investor Relations Manager
T: 020 7089 2533
M: 07979 701006
Mitie is one of the UK’s market leaders in delivering facilities, engineering and property services.
Our success in delivering sustainable growth, through responsible engagement with stakeholders, has enabled us to become a FTSE 250 company achieving annual revenues of over £1bn, with a national coverage that delivers locally.
Mitie motivates people to deliver successfully; we employ more than 39,000 people, making us one of the largest employers in the UK. We ensure our 6,000 public and private sector clients are satisfied with their service delivery by recruiting and retaining the best people. Mitie’s unique share ownership ethos ‘Management Incentive Through Investment Equity’ (Mitie) encourages our employees to focus on delivering what our customers want.
Mitie is recognised by the industry as being a leader; our community work was awarded a Highly Commended Big Tick by BiTC; we are the 2006 Green Apple Awards winner for Environmental Best Practice, and our partnership work won the PfM Partners in Multi-Service.