Appointment of Chief Financial Officer



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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About RWS

RWS Holdings plc is the world’s leading provider of technology-enabled language, content management and intellectual property services. We help our customers to connect with and bring new ideas to people globally by communicating business critical content at scale and enabling the protection and realization of their innovations. 

Our vision is to help organizations interact effectively with people anywhere in the world by solving their language, content and market access challenges through our collective global intelligence, deep expertise and smart technology. 

Customers include 90 of the globe’s top 100 brands, the top 10 pharmaceutical companies and 18 of the top 20 patent filers worldwide. Our client base spans Europe, Asia Pacific, and North and South America across the technology, pharmaceutical, medical, legal, chemical, automotive, government and telecommunications sectors, which we serve from offices across five continents. 

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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