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dotDigital Group plc - Appointment of Non-Executive Chairman

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dotDigital Group plc
17 January 2020

17 January 2020


dotdigital Group plc

("dotdigital", "the Company" or "the Group")

Appointment of Non-Executive Chairman

dotdigital Group Plc (AIM:DOTD), the leading 'SaaS' provider of an omnichannel marketing automation and customer engagement platform, announces that it has appointed Michael (Mike) O'Leary to the Board as Non-Executive Chairman, effective immediately. Current Interim Chairman Ian (Tink) Taylor, who assumed the role until a full-time appointment could be made, will step down from the Board and will remain fully committed in his brand ambassadorial role and continue to focus on dotdigital's strategic partnerships.

The appointment of Mike brings to the Board a wealth of leadership and PLC experience. His career spans over 30 years serving on AIM listed, FTSE 250 and FTSE 100 companies, with a focus on the technology sector. Mike is a Non-Executive Director of Epwin Group plc, and due to retire from his role as Non-Executive Chairman of EMIS Group plc in May 2020, following a nine-year tenure. Mike will also chair the Nomination and Risk Committees.

As announced last year, the Board undertook a review of its composition in line with the QCA Corporate Governance Code (the "Code"). Following the appointment of Mike, the Board will consist of two independent Non-Executive Directors which meets the Board's independence criteria as defined by the Code. The Company will continue the search for another independent Non-Executive Director to join the Board, with the intention that they will chair the Audit Committee.

Milan Patel, CEO of dotdigital, commented: "On behalf of the team at dotdigital, I would like to welcome Mike to the Board. Mike has extensive experience running global operations across a range of disciplines and his deep understanding of public company governance will be a great asset to the Company. We look forward to his counsel as we continue to execute our growth strategy."

Mike O'Leary, incoming Chairman, commented: "I look forward to taking on the role of Chairman at dotdigital and am enthusiastic about the huge potential for the business. Notwithstanding dotdigital's strong fundamentals, it is the Group's ongoing innovation in the marketing automation space, geographic expansion ambitions and talented team that attracted me to the business."


The following information on Michael Kevin O'Leary, aged 67, is provided in accordance with rule 17 of the AIM Rules for Companies:

Current Directorships

Former Directorships held in the past 5 years

Epwin Group plc

Emis Group plc

Alycidon Limited

Oxford United Football Club Limited



No further information is required to be disclosed pursuant to AIM Rule 17 and Schedule 2(g) of the AIM Rules for Companies.


For further enquiries please contact:

dotdigital Group Plc
Milan Patel, CEO
Paraag Amin, CFO

Tel: 020 3953 3072

[email protected]



Alma PR (Financial PR)

Hilary Buchanan

Josh Royston

David Ison

Tel: 020 3405 0210

[email protected]



Canaccord Genuity (Nominated Advisor and Joint Broker)
Bobbie Hilliam

Georgina McCooke

Jonathan Barr, Sales

Tel: 020 7523 8000



finnCap (Joint Broker)
Stuart Andrews, Corporate Finance
Rhys Williams, Sales

Tel: 020 7496 3000



N+1 Singer (Joint Broker)
Shaun Dobson, Head of Corporate Finance

Alex Bond, Corporate Finance

Tel: 020 7220 0500


Prior to this announcement's release, the statement contained inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) 596/2014 (MAR) (Market Abuse Regulation).



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