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:


GAN plc

GAN Services Limited

Gameaccount Nevada Inc.

Lockbox Games Limited