05 September 2016
Dods Group PLC
("Dods" or "the Company" or "the Group")
Appointment of CFO and Directors of the Group
Dods Group plc (AIM: DODS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Nitil Patel as Chief Financial Officer and Director with immediate effect.
Mr. Patel was previously CFO of Ten Alps plc (recently rebranded Zinc Media plc) from July 2001 to February 2014. During this time, Mr. Patel managed three divisions of the group, driving growth both organically and through a number of strategic acquisitions. He was a key member of the team from the very start of Ten Alps in 1999 as Finance Director and was responsible for its listing on AIM in 2001. He trained with Sayers Butterworth before joining TV production business Planet 24 Limited, where he worked as a financial accountant and on productions such as the Big Breakfast. Mr. Patel is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
The Group is also pleased to announce Diane Lees CBE as a Non-Executive Director with immediate effect.
Ms. Lees is the Director-General of Imperial War Museums, the cultural lead for the Centenary of the First World War, and is a Trustee of 14-18NOW, the Centenary's Cultural Programme. Ms. Lees is a Trustee of the IWM Development Trust, The Gerry Holdsworth Special Forces Trust, and the Army Museums Ogilby Trust. She serves as Vice President of the American Air Museum in Britain, is a member of the Women Leaders in Museums Network (WLMN), and sits on the Arts Council's external advice panel. Ms. Lees serves as Chair of the National Museum Directors' Council (NMDC) and has appointments to both the University of Lincoln's Board of Governors and the University of Oxford Humanities External Advisory Board. Ms. Lees is currently chairing a review of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)'s Museums, Galleries and Collections Fund.
Cheryl Jones, Chairman, commented:
"The Board is pleased to welcome both Nitil and Diane to the Board of Directors. The timing of Nitil joining the Group is important as his operational experience will be very valuable as the Company continues its transformational plans which include targeted acquisitions.
Diane's diverse leadership positions, as well as her domain knowledge of specific sectors such as higher education, make her a valued member of the Board."
Mr. Patel, aged 46, is currently, or has been previously, a director of the following companies within the past five years:
3 BM TV Limited
A Victim of Peace Ltd
Able Debt Collection Limited
Blakeway Productions Limited
Below the Radar Ltd
Brook Lapping Productions Limited
Carins Veterinary Books and Supplies Limited
County Link Media Ltd
Children's Traffic Club Limited
Education Digital Limited
Education Digital Management Limited
Films of Record Limited
Grove House Publishing Limited
Hart Davies TV Limited
In Business Media Limited
Index Media Limited
Influence Creative and Media Limited
Interact Media and Creative Limited
Inspire Creative and Media (Edinburgh) Limited
Inspire Creative and Media (Fareham) Limited
Museums and Galleries Limited
Inspire Creative and Media
Sovereign Publications Limited
Ten Alps Digital Limited
Interact Digital Media Limited
Ten Alps Live Limited
Interface Media Services Limited
Ten Alps MTD Limited
Link 2 Trade Limited
Newton Project Limited
Planet 64 Limited
T.G. Scott & Son Limited
Teach Pro Limited
Ten Alps Agency Ltd
Ten Alps Communicate Ltd
Ten Alps Communications Limited
Ten Alps Creative and Media Limited
Ten Alps Media Limited
Ten Alps Publishing Limited
Ten Alps RMA Limited
Ten Alps TV Limited
Ten Alps Vision (Edinburgh) Limited
Ten Alps plc
Ten Alps Communications PTE Limited
Ten Alps TV PTE Limited
Mr. Patel was previously a director of Ten Alps Media Limited, a subsidiary of Ten Alps plc, which recently announced that it has instructed professionals to place the subsidiary into a creditors' voluntary liquidation.
Diane Elizabeth Lees, aged 52, is currently a director of Imperial War Museum Trading Company Limited.
Save as disclosed above, there are no other matters which are required to be disclosed in accordance with Rule 17 and paragraph (g) of Schedule Two of the AIM Rules for Companies.
For more information contact:
Cenkos Securities plc
(Nominated Advisor and Broker to Dods)
Nicholas Wells 020 7397 8920
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