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Robert Walters PLC
26 July 2023

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 26 July 2023


(the "Company", or the "Group")

Directorate Change

Robert Walters plc (LSE: RWA), the leading international recruitment group, today announces that David Bower will join the Group and the plc Board as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) on 4 September 2023.  Current CFO, Alan Bannatyne, has decided to retire and will step down from the Board on 1 September 2023.

David was previously CFO of Homeserve plc, a FTSE 100 services business, where he worked for 18 years and held a number of senior divisional and group finance roles before being appointed group CFO in 2017. Before joining Homeserve, David spent 12 years at Arthur Andersen (later Deloitte LLP), where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

Leslie Van de Walle, Chair, commented:

"I am very pleased that David has decided to join the Group. He brings with him a wealth of international finance and listed company experience and I look forward to the contribution he will make as we move the business forward strategically, commercially and operationally.

"On behalf of the Board, and all the Group's employees, I would like to thank Alan for the great contribution he has made across his 21 years with the business. In that time, the Group has grown from a business of 760 staff across 9 countries to one of the world's leading specialist professional recruitment businesses which now employs over 4,000 people in 31 countries. We wish Alan all the best for the future and every success in further developing his portfolio career."

Alan Bannatyne, outgoing CFO, commented:

"It has been an honour to have been part of the Robert Walters team for the last 21 years. I have had an amazing career with the Group, but the time is now right to step down to further pursue my portfolio career. I wish Toby, the Board and all my colleagues across the Group every success in continuing the Robert Walters growth story."

David Bower, incoming CFO, commented:

"I am delighted to be joining the Robert Walters Group, one of the standard bearers of the global recruitment industry. I very much look forward to working with Toby and the team to drive the business forward."

There are no additional disclosures required to be made under LR 9.6.13R of the Listing Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority.

Further information

Robert Walters plc

Leslie Van de Walle, Chairman

Toby Fowlston, Chief Executive Officer


+44 (0) 20 7379 3333

Williams Nicolson

Steffan Williams




+44 7767 345 563

About Robert Walters Group

The Robert Walters Group is a market-leading international specialist professional recruitment group. With over 4,200 staff spanning 31 countries, we deliver specialist recruitment consultancy, staffing, recruitment process outsourcing and managed services across the globe.  We match highly skilled professionals to permanent, contract and interim roles across the disciplines of accountancy & finance, banking, engineering, HR, healthcare, technology, legal, sales, marketing, secretarial & support, and supply chain, logistics & procurement. Our client base ranges from the world's leading blue-chip corporates and financial services organisations through to SMEs and start-ups.

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