RNS Number : 9794L
09 August 2011
Share plc - Press Release
Francesca Ecsery appointed as new non-executive director
Share plc (AIM: SHRE.LN), parent company of The Share Centre (a leading independent retail stockbroker and operator of Sharemark, the trading platform for growing companies) and Sharefunds (the Group's investment management and fund administration subsidiary), is pleased to announce the appointment of Francesca Eva Ecsery (aged 48) as a non-executive director.
A graduate of Harvard Business School and former McKinsey & Co consultant, Francesca has held a range of senior sales and marketing positions. In particular, Francesca was most recently the Global Business Development Director at Cheapflights, and prior to that Managing Director, International, at STA Travel Group, the world's largest student travel company.
Francesca has a background in consumer-led organisations and particular expertise in online sales, marketing and service delivery. Francesca also uses this expertise to play a leading role as Publications Officer within the Women in Advertising and Communications London (WACL) organisation - a not-for-profit group of influential women working in marketing and communications.
There is nothing further to disclose in relation to Ms Ecsery's appointment pursuant to Rule 17 of the AIM Rules for Companies. Her current and previous directorships and partnerships over the past five years are as follows:
Global Business Development Director - Cheapflights
Managing Director, International - STA Travel Group
Non-executive Director - Travolution
Publications Officer - WACL
Commenting on Francesca's appointment Sir Martin Jacomb, Chairman, said:
"I am delighted to welcome Francesca to the Share plc Group. I believe her expertise in online sales and marketing will be of great value to the Group. The internet is of great importance to The Share Centre Limited, as it is now the gateway through which most new customers come to us and transact their business. Francesca's appointment emphasises the importance we place on this aspect of our business and will enable the Board to contribute and challenge effectively in this area."
Francesca has also been appointed to the Board's of The Share Centre Limited and Sharefunds Limited, subsidiaries of Share plc. Francesca's former married name was Francesca Ecsery-Merrens.
Gavin Oldham - Chief Executive 01296 439 100 / 07767 337 696
Richard Stone - Finance Director 01296 439 270 / 07919 220 599
Guy Wiehahn 0207 418 8900
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Inez de Konig - Lansons Communications 0207 294 3623
This document is not intended to constitute an offer or agreement to buy or sell investments and does not constitute a personal recommendation. The investments and services referred to in this document may not be suitable for every investor and if in doubt independent financial advice should be sought. No liability is accepted whatsoever for any loss howsoever arising from any information in this document subject to the rules of the Financial Services Authority or the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. Share prices, values and income can go down as well as up and investors may get back less than their initial investment. The Share Centre is a member of the London Stock Exchange and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority under reference 146768. Sharemark constitutes a Multilateral Trading Facility and is not a recognised investment exchange, clearing house or regulated market within the meaning of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive.
Notes for Editors:
1. Share plc is the parent holding company of The Share Centre Ltd and Sharefunds Limited and its shares are traded on Sharemark (www.sharemark.com), the auction-based trading platform designed especially for growing companies, as well as on AIM and PLUS Markets.
2. The Share Centre was formed in 1990 and provides a range of account-based services to enable investors to share in the wealth of the stock market.
3. Retail services include ISAs, CTF accounts and SIPPs, all with the benefit of investment advice, and dealing in a wide range of investments.
4. Services available to corporate clients include Share plan administration, Fund administration and 'white-label' dealing platforms.
5. For more details contact 0800 800 008, or visit www.share.com.
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