Appointment of Chief Financial Officer

8/15/2017 12:00:01 AM
RWS Holdings plc (“RWS”, “the Group”), the world’s leading provider of intellectual property support services (patent translations, international patent filing solutions and searches) and a leading provider of life sciences and commercial language services, today announces the appointment of Desmond Glass as Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”). Desmond, 47, has almost 20 years’ experience in senior finance roles across a range of sectors in UK and US headquartered businesses with international operations.  He joins from GAN plc, the AIM listed internet gaming software company, where he has held the role of CFO for nine years. He had a central role in GAN’s development from internet start-up to its IPO in November 2013 and beyond, encompassing financial and operational strategy, corporate development, M&A due diligence, as well as investor relations. Desmond qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte in 1994 and also holds an MBA from Imperial College, London. Desmond’s appointment, which will be effective from 6 November 2017, follows Richard Thompson’s promotion to Chief Executive Officer, as announced in April 2017. Andrew Brode, Chairman of RWS, commented:
“We are delighted to be welcoming Desmond to the RWS team, having considered a number of strong candidates for the role. “He brings a wealth of experience from senior finance roles in international businesses across a variety of sectors and, importantly, has spent significant time in the US which will be particularly helpful as we continue to expand our presence in this important market. “I’m confident that Desmond will fit well with the team, as we continue to pursue our growth strategy both organically and by selective acquisition.”
Desmond Glass said:
“RWS has an incredible track record of growth and I’m very pleased to be joining the Group at an exciting time. I look forward to working with the team as it continues to build upon its strong position as a premier global supplier of intellectual property support services and a major force in life sciences, to drive further international expansion.”
Desmond holds or has held the following directorships in the five years preceding his appointment at the Company: Current GAN plc GAN Services Limited Gameaccount Nevada Inc. Lockbox Games Limited {fastsocialshare}
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RWS Holdings plc is a unique, world-leading provider of technology-enabled language, content and intellectual property services. Through content transformation and multilingual data analysis, our combination of AI-enabled technology and human expertise helps our clients to grow by ensuring they are understood anywhere, in any language.

Our purpose is unlocking global understanding. By combining cultural understanding, client understanding and technical understanding, our services and technology assist our clients to acquire and retain customers, deliver engaging user experiences, maintain compliance and gain actionable insights into their data and content.

Over the past 20 years we’ve been evolving our own AI solutions as well as helping clients to explore, build and use multilingual AI applications. With 40+ AI-related patents and more than 100 peer-reviewed papers, we have the experience and expertise to support clients on their AI journey.

We work with over 80% of the world’s top 100 brands, more than three-quarters of Fortune’s 20 ‘Most Admired Companies’ and almost all of the top pharmaceutical companies, investment banks, law firms and patent filers. Our client base spans Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and North and South America. Our 65+ global locations across five continents service clients in the automotive, chemical, financial, legal, medical, pharmaceutical, technology and telecommunications sectors.

Founded in 1958, RWS is headquartered in the UK and publicly listed on AIM, the London Stock Exchange regulated market (RWS.L). 

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