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Andrew Brode

Andrew Brode

Executive Chairman
Executive Chairman

Andrew Brode

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Andrew is the Executive Chairman and a major shareholder in RWS Holdings plc, which he acquired with support from 3i in 1995 and floated on AIM in late 2003. He is also Chairman of Learning Technologies Group plc, also listed on AIM. 

He started his career as a chartered accountant, later becoming the Managing Director of Croner Publications, which was sold to Wolters Kluwer in 1977. He was subsequently appointed CEO of Wolters Kluwer (UK) plc. 

Andrew acquired Eclipse Publications through a management buy-in, which he sold to Reed Elsevier in 2000. He was also appointed as Non-executive Chairman of Axco Insurance Information Services by 3i prior to its sale to Wilmington plc in 2010. 

In June 2008 he negotiated the purchase of Epic Group plc, the UK market leader in e-learning from Huveaux plc. Epic listed on AIM in 2013 and changed its name to Learning Technologies Group plc, at which time Andrew was appointed as Non-executive Chairman. He occupied a similar role at Electric Word plc, also AIM listed, until its sale in August 2017. 

In 2012 he became a Non-executive Chairman and investor in IT Governance Ltd (now GRC International plc after its flotation in March 2018), the leading provider of information in the cyber security space. In 2019 he was appointed as a Non-executive Director of Cera Care Ltd, a leading, tech-enabled domiciliary care provider.

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Ian El-Mokadem

Ian El-Mokadem

Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer

Ian El-Mokadem

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Ian joined RWS Group as our CEO in July 2021. He has a wealth of experience in leading large, multinational service organizations, and a strong track record of delivering growth – both organically and through acquisitions. Ian also has extensive experience in developing strategy and leading technology-enabled business transformations. 

He has held Chief Executive, Board and Senior Executive roles in both UK listed and private equity backed businesses. 

Previously Ian was CEO of V.Group, the world’s leading ship management and marine support services business, where he oversaw a significant digital transformation programme. He was also CEO of Exova Group plc, the global materials testing and calibration services provider, which he steered through its IPO in 2014 and where he grew revenues and profitability substantially, both organically and through 18 acquisitions. Ian’s earlier career included divisional leadership roles at Compass Group plc and Centrica plc as well as strategy consulting with Accenture. 

Ian holds a BSc (Hons) in Economics and Statistics from University College London and an MBA from INSEAD. 

Outside the RWS Group Ian is a Non-executive Director of Serco Group plc and a Director of Roegate Consulting Ltd. 

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Candida Davies

Candida Davies

Chief Financial Officer
Chief Financial Officer

Candida Davies

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Candida (Candy) Davies joined RWS as Chief Financial Officer in October 2022. She oversees all aspects of the Group’s financial function. 

An accomplished leader with more than 25 years’ experience, Candy has a deep expertise in finance, strategy and business transformation, and a wealth of international experience in executing and integrating significant corporate transactions. 

Most recently Candy was Head of Finance for the Personal Health division of Royal Philips, the Dutch-headquartered health technology conglomerate, where she additionally supported the Group Innovation and Strategy function. She has considerable experience in commercial and operational leadership and played a key role in driving market innovation, new business models and solutions to support enhancing patient and consumer experience, improving health outcomes and driving sustainable performance. 

She previously spent eight years at Reckitt Benckiser as SVP Group Controller and European Finance Director for the Hygiene and Home Business Unit. After qualifying as a chartered accountant at KPMG International Ltd, Candy worked for 12 years at Eli Lilly & Co, the US pharmaceutical company. 

Candy graduated from the University of Bristol with a BSC (Hons) in Engineering Mathematics. 

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Rod Day

Rod Day

Deputy Chief Financial Officer
Deputy Chief Financial Officer

Rod Day

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Rod joined RWS in January 2022 and was appointed as Chief Financial Officer in April 2022 on an interim basis. He is currently Deputy Chief Financial Officer following the appointment of Candy Davies and, after a handover period, will leave the Group at the end of December 2022.

Rod has over thirty years of senior finance, leadership and strategy experience primarily in the business services, online and retail sectors, including serving as Group CFO of Iron Mountain Inc., AOL Europe and Group Strategy Manager at Kingfisher Plc. More recently, Rod served as Interim Chief Financial Officer at Cobham Group and V.Group, where he oversaw global finance operations and M&A activity. 

His career is built on developing and implementing global financial strategies and driving results that balance the top and bottom line through strong performance management. He has also led multiple acquisitions in developed and emerging markets. An effective communicator, Rod is experienced at managing relationships with debt and equity investors, and building high-performing finance teams across divisions and geographic regions. 

Rod holds a MBA from the London Business School. He is a Qualified Accountant, and holds a MA with First Class Honours in Economics from Cambridge University.

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Lara Boro

Lara Boro

Senior Independent Non-executive Director
Senior Independent Non-executive Director

Lara Boro

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Lara joined RWS in 2017 and is the Senior Independent Non-executive Director

A proven leader in commercial development, Lara has delivered large scale acquisition and integration projects for several global organizations. 

She joined the Economist Group in September 2019 as Chief Executive where she is focused on driving continued growth in both the core Economist business, as well as the business to business offerings of the Economist Intelligence Unit. Lara currently manages over 1,500 colleagues based in Europe, the USA and APAC. 

She was previously CEO International for Ascential plc (formerly EMAP plc) and CEO of Informa Plc's Intelligence division with full P&L responsibility for a £200m portfolio of business intelligence and data assets. Prior to Informa, Lara held strategy, M&A and commercial development roles for CPA Global, Pearson, MasterCard and Lloyd’s of London. During her time at Ascential plc she led international expansion into MENA, China, India and Brazil.

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David Clayton

David Clayton

Non-executive Director
Non-executive Director

David Clayton

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David joined RWS in 2020 as a Non-executive Director after the acquisition of SDL, where he had originally been appointed as a Non-executive Director in December 2009. He also served at various times at SDL as the Senior Independent Director, the Non-executive Chairman and, for a nine month period in 2015/2016, interim Executive Chairman. 

Under his leadership SDL made a number of acquisitions and became one of the world’s largest language services providers. 

David was Managing Director and Head of European Technology Research at CSFB from 1997 until 2004. He then joined The Sage Group plc Board as a Non-executive Director in 2004 before taking up an executive role as Director of Strategy and Corporate Development from October 2007 to February 2012. 

David is currently Chairman of Forensic and Compliance Systems and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the charity Changing Faces. David is also on the boards of FCS (UK) Limited, Solar Archive Ltd, Albora Technologies Ltd and is a trustee of Dixons Academies Charitable Trust Ltd.

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Frances Earl

Frances Earl

Non-executive Director
Non-executive Director

Frances Earl

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Frances has been a Non-executive Director of RWS since November 2020. 

Previously Frances was a Managing Director at Accenture, where she held senior HR positions both locally (in UK and Ireland) and globally. She served as HR Director on Accenture’s UK and Ireland Executive Board, Products Operating Group Executive Board and Financial Services Operating Group Executive Board, and was Global Recruitment Director for all Executive and Partner Recruitment across 20 countries. 

Frances has been responsible for advising, designing and implementing HR change programs for a number of Accenture businesses across multiple countries. She has led initiatives identifying and hiring external senior talent for various Accenture Executive Boards to drive growth for the business. In particular, she spearheaded and delivered programs focused on senior diversity appointments. Frances also played a key role in the integration of senior executives and people as part of various acquisitions and acted as the HR Director for a new operating model implementation in countries where formal employee consultation was required.

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Julie Southern

Julie Southern

Non-executive Director and Chairman Designate
Non-executive Director and Chairman Designate

Julie Southern

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Julie joined RWS as a Non-executive Director and Chairman Designate in July 2022, and will succeed Andrew Brode as Non-executive Chairman in October 2023. 

She brings a wealth of business and governance experience from her current Non-executive Director roles. Julie is currently a Non-executive Director and Chair of the Audit committees at Rentokil Initial, Ocado, NXP Semiconductor and easyJet, where she is also Senior Independent Director. 

She has also previously held Non-executive Director positions at DFS Furniture Company and Cineworld Cinemas, where she chaired the respective Audit Committees, at Stagecoach where she chaired the Remuneration Committee and at Gategroup where she chaired the Nomination and Compensation Committee. Julie’s executive career included a number of senior finance, operations and marketing roles, where she has driven significant growth and revenues, including at Porsche Cars, as Group Finance Director from 1996, before she joined Virgin Atlantic in 2000 as Chief Financial Officer with a broad management role, later becoming its Chief Commercial Officer in 2010. She was also Finance and Operations Director at WH Smith – HJ Chapman & Co. Ltd. 

Julie holds a BA (Hons.) in Economics from the University of Cambridge and is a qualified chartered accountant.

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Gordon Stuart

Gordon Stuart

Non-executive Director
Non-executive Director

Gordon Stuart

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Gordon joined RWS as a Non-executive Director in November 2020. 

He currently serves as the CFO of AMS, a global total workforce solutions provider of talent acquisition and contingent workforce management, internal mobility and skills development, and talent and technology advisory services. He has led Finance, Corporate Services and Operational functions as an Executive Director for over 20 years. 

Previous roles include CFO of Unit4 and TMF Group. He has held senior positions with several UK listed businesses including Group Finance Director of Xansa plc and Group Finance Director of London Bridge Software Holdings plc. He has also held non-executive roles at Sepura plc, Intec Telecom Systems plc and, prior to its acquisition by RWS, SDL plc. In each instance he served as Chair of the Audit committee.

In his executive roles he has led all aspects of corporate activity ranging from commercial negotiations, dispute resolution, restructuring and transformation management, mergers and acquisitions and capital markets activities.

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