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Serco Group PLC
06 September 2016

Directorate change


6 September 2016

Serco Group plc ('Serco' or 'the Group'), the international service company, announces the following Non-Executive Director changes.

Malcolm Wyman has notified the Board of his intention to step down with effect from 31 October 2016.  Malcolm joined the Board in January 2013 and in May 2013 became Chair of the Audit Committee.  The Board would like to express their appreciation for the significant contribution that Malcolm has made during the prior period of stabilising the business and more recently during the process of appointing a new External Auditor for the Group. The Board is greatly indebted to the time and energy Malcolm has put into this role.

John Rishton joins the Board as Non-Executive Director with effect from 13 September 2016 to enable a handover period with Malcolm and will become Chair of the Audit Committee from 1 November 2016.  John was Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce Holdings plc between 2011 and 2015, having previously been Chief Executive and President of Royal Ahold NV and, prior to that, Chief Financial Officer. He was also formerly Chief Financial Officer of British Airways plc.

John has extensive Non-Executive experience, including currently being a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at Unilever plc and a Non-Executive Director of Informa plc.

Sir Roy Gardner, Serco's Chairman, said: "I am delighted to welcome John to Serco. His extensive knowledge and track record, in a range of industries, will be a great addition to the Board in areas that are key to strengthening Serco further.  In addition, I would like to personally thank Malcolm for his significant contribution to the Board during a crucial time of securing a good foundation for Serco upon which to build a successful future."

John Rishton commented: "I am delighted to be joining the Board of Serco and look forward to working with the team to help the business prosper."

There are no further disclosures under paragraph 9.6.13R (1) - (6) of the Listing Rules.


For further information please contact Serco:

Stuart Ford, Head of Investor Relations: T +44 (0) 1256 386 227

Marcus De Ville, Head of Media Relations: T +44 (0) 1256 386 226

About Serco

Serco is a leading provider of public services.  Our customers are governments or others operating in the public sector.  We gain scale, expertise and diversification by operating internationally across five sectors and four geographies: Defence, Justice & Immigration, Transport, Health and Citizen Services, delivered in UK & Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

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Notes: Further Biographical Information

John was Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce Holdings plc, a global provider of integrated power systems, from 2011 until April 2015.  Prior to this appointment, John was appointed a Non-Executive Director of Rolls-Royce Holdings plc in 2007 and served as chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the company's Ethics and Nominations Committees.

Before joining Rolls-Royce, John was Chief Executive and President of the Dutch international retailer, Royal Ahold NV, a position he held from 2007 to 2011.  Before becoming Chief Executive, he was Royal Ahold's Chief Financial Officer.

John served as vice chairman of ICA AB, one of the Nordic region's leading retail companies, and was a director of the company from 2006 to 2010.  He is also a former Non-Executive Director of Allied Domecq plc, the international drinks company, prior to its sale in 2005.

John is a former Chief Financial Officer and a member of the leadership team of British Airways plc (2001 to 2005).  He also served as commercial controller of British Airways from 1999 to 2001 and was responsible for providing financial support to the commercial activities of sales, marketing, alliances and cargo.

John is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has an Economics Degree from Nottingham University.


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