4 October 2016
Keywords Studios plc ("Keywords Studios" or "the Group")
Appointment of a new Group Finance Director
Keywords Studios, the international technical services provider to the global video games industry is pleased to announce the appointment of David Broderick as Group Finance Director with immediate effect.
David, 42, will be based in Dublin and will replace Andrew Lawton who, after two years with the Group, has decided to pursue other opportunities closer to his home in the UK. Andrew will remain with the Group over the next month to work closely with David to ensure a smooth transition.
David joins Keywords from Dublin-based Arconics, a high-growth aviation software company where he has been Chief Financial Officer since early 2015. Prior to this, David was the Finance Director of European regional airline, Stobart Air (formerly Aer Arann), during a period of significant growth in 2013-2014.
David previously spent eight years at Europe's largest low-cost airline, Ryanair Holdings plc, the latter six years of which were spent as Head of Investor Relations and overseeing the group's Inflight Sales Unit's finances and operations.
Andrew Day, Chief Executive of Keywords, commented:
"On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Andrew for his positive contribution to the Group over the last two years. During his tenure, the Group has grown from 10 to 23 facilities across Europe, North and South America and Asia and achieved a near five-fold increase in revenues through organic growth and nine acquisitions."
"We are delighted to welcome David to the Group. His extensive experience of working as a senior member of management teams within a number of high growth businesses will no doubt prove invaluable as we continue to develop Keywords Studios both organically and by acquisition."
David holds or has held directorships in the five years preceding his appointment at the Company as follows:
Aer Arran Group
Arann Aircraft Leasing 2 Limited
Arann Aircraft Leasing 3 Limited
Everdeal Holdings Limited
Phoenix House Management Company Limited
In relation to David Broderick's appointment to the board, there is no further information required to be disclosed pursuant to paragraph (g) of Schedule 2 of the AIM Rules for Companies.
For further information, please contact:
Keywords Studios (www.keywordsstudios.com)
Andrew Day, Chief Executive Officer
+353 190 22 730
Numis (Financial Adviser)
Stuart Skinner / Kevin Cruickshank (Nominated Adviser)
James Black / Tom Ballard (Corporate Broker)
020 7260 1000
MHP Communications (Financial PR)
Katie Hunt / Jade Neal / Ollie Hoare
020 3128 8100
Notes to Editors
Keywords Studios is an international technical services provider to the global video games industry. Established in 1998, it provides integrated art creation, audio, testing, localisation, testing, and customer support services across the games lifecycle in over 50 languages and all games platforms to a blue chip client base in more than 15 countries. Keywords Studios now has 23 facilities across Europe, North and South America and Asia. It has a strong market position, providing services to 21 of the top 25 games companies by revenue including Microsoft, Namco Bandai, Sony, Konami, Electronic Arts, Nintendo and Square Enix) and 7 of the top 10 mobile game companies by revenue (including Supercell, King and Machine Zone). Keywords Studios is listed on AIM, the London Stock Exchange regulated market (KWS.L). For further information, please visit: www.keywordsstudios.com
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