8 March 2017
Hill & Smith Holdings PLC
Appointment of Chairman
Bill Whiteley, having served on the Board of Hill & Smith Holdings PLC ("Hill & Smith" or "the Company" or "the Group") for seven years, has informed the Board of his intention to retire at the conclusion of the Company's Annual General Meeting in May 2017.
Following a recruitment process led by Non-executive Director Annette Kelleher, with the support of Korn Ferry, the international search consultants, the Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Jock Lennox as Chairman with effect from the conclusion of the Group's Annual General Meeting on 11 May 2017. Jock has been a Non-executive Director of the Group since 2009.
Jock is an experienced Non-executive Director and Audit Committee Chairman, a position he currently holds at Barratt Developments plc, a FTSE 100 company, and Dixons Carphone plc. He is also Chairman of EnQuest plc. He is a Chartered Accountant and was a senior audit partner at Ernst & Young (now EY). He was a member of the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and is Chairman of the Trustees at the Tall Ships Youth Trust.
Bill Whiteley, Chairman of Hill & Smith, said:
"Over the last seven years Hill & Smith has developed into a leading international player in its chosen markets and more recently has entered the FTSE 250. It has been a privilege to be part of such a successful company and I leave behind a very strong and entrepreneurial management team. I am delighted that Jock is succeeding me as Chairman to lead the next stage of the Group's growth."
Derek Muir, Chief Executive of Hill & Smith, said:
"I would like to thank Bill for his support and leadership throughout the last seven years, during which the Company has continued to grow, becoming a FTSE 250 business in June 2016."
Jock Lennox said:
"I am very pleased to be taking on this role. Hill & Smith has experienced strong growth under Bill's leadership and I feel privileged to be given this opportunity and look forward to working with management and the Board as part of Hill & Smith's exciting future."
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For further information, please contact:
Hill & Smith Holdings PLC
Bill Whiteley, Chairman Tel: 44 (0)121 704 7430
John Olsen/Andrew Leach Tel: 44 (0)20 3128 8100
Notes to Editors
Hill & Smith Holdings PLC is an international group with leading positions in the design, manufacture and supply of infrastructure products and galvanizing services to global markets. It serves its customers from facilities principally in the UK, France, USA, Sweden, Norway, India and Australia.
The Group's operations are organised into three main business segments:
Infrastructure Products - Roads, supplying products and services such as permanent and temporary road safety barriers, hostile vehicle mitigation products, street lighting columns, bridge parapets, temporary car parks, variable road messaging solutions and traffic data collection systems.
Infrastructure Products - Utilities, supplying products and services such as pipe supports for the power and liquid natural gas markets, energy grid components, composite "GRP" railway platforms and flood prevention barriers, plastic drainage pipes, industrial flooring, handrails, access covers and security fencing.
Galvanizing Services which provides zinc and other coatings for a wide range of products including fencing, lighting columns, structural steel work, bridges, agricultural and other products for the infrastructure and construction markets.
Headquartered in the UK and quoted on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: HILS.L), Hill & Smith Holdings PLC employs some 4,150 staff, principally in 7 countries.