Appointment of Chief Financial Officer

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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:


GAN plc

GAN Services Limited

Gameaccount Nevada Inc.

Lockbox Games Limited


Appointment of new Chief Executive Officer for RWS Holdings

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RWS Holdings plc (“RWS”, “the Group”), the world’s leading provider of intellectual property support services (patent translations, international patent filing solutions and searches), commercial translations and linguistic validation, is pleased to announce that Richard Thompson will be appointed as Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1 April 2017, succeeding Reinhard Ottway who has decided to retire following more than 23 years with the Group.

Richard joined RWS in 2012 as Chief Financial Officer and, following a successful three years in that position, took on the broader role of Deputy Chief Executive Officer from December 2015. In this position, Richard has successfully spearheaded the acquisition and integration of CTi into the Group, following which he has continued to oversee the Group’s Life Sciences activities.

Richard’s appointment as Chief Executive Officer follows an extensive search process, which considered both internal and external candidates, as part of the Group’s ongoing succession planning. Richard will take up his new position from 1 April 2017, with Reinhard remaining in post until 31 March 2017, allowing for a comprehensive and smooth transition process.

The Board has commenced the search for a new Chief Financial Officer and will update on the progress of this search in due course.

Andrew Brode, Chairman of RWS, commented:

“Having considered a number of high calibre candidates, we are delighted to have appointed Richard as CEO. He brings strong experience of our industry as well as an excellent track record in successfully driving the Company’s growth, meaning we are well placed to continue executing RWS’s organic and acquisitive growth strategy.

“On behalf of the Board and in a personal capacity, I would like to extend sincere thanks to Reinhard for his invaluable contribution to the business over the past 23 years. After 5 years as CEO, he leaves the Group in excellent shape to continue its path of record performance and growth. I wish him well in retirement.”

For further information, contact:

RWS Holdings plc
Andrew Brode, Chairman                                                                  01753 480200

MHP Communications
Katie Hunt / Simon Hockridge                                                          020 3128 8100

Stuart Skinner / Kevin Cruickshank (Nominated Adviser)            020 7260 1000
Michael Burke (Corporate Broker)

About RWS:

RWS is the world’s leading provider of intellectual property support services (patent translations, international patent filing solutions and searches), a market leader in life sciences translations and linguistic validation as well as a high level specialist language service provider in other technical areas, providing for the diverse needs of a blue-chip multinational client base from Europe, North America and Asia. RWS is based in the UK, with offices in Europe, the USA (New York, East Hartford and Chicago), China, Japan and Australia, and is listed on AIM, the London Stock Exchange regulated market (RWS.L).

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