Cohort PLC – Directorate Change

Cohort PLC – Directorate Change

Cohort, the independent technology group, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Edward Lowe as a new non-executive director with effect from yesterday, 1 July 2019.

Mr Lowe was most recently Chief Operating Officer at Thales UK, a subsidiary of Thales Group, the global technology business operating across aerospace, defence, digital security, transport and space.  He started his career at Racal Electronics in 1980 and, over a twenty-year period, undertook a variety of commercial, sales and managerial roles.  In 2000, he was appointed Vice President within Thales UK with responsibility for the commercial, sales and strategy functions. In 2005 he was appointed Managing Director of the Thales UK naval activities and led the international business line for naval platforms and services. In this role Ed sat on the Board of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, the body responsible for delivering the Royal Navy’s two Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers.   In 2010 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer for Thales UK with operational responsibility for all Thales UK activities.  Mr Lowe is a graduate of Reading University.

Consequent to the appointment, Cohort is making a number of changes to the composition of its Board committees. Mr Lowe is joining the Remuneration & Appointments Committee as Chairman, and the Audit committee. Sir Robert Walmsley will step down from both committees and from his role as Senior Independent Director (SID) with effect from the publication of the Group’s final results on 23 July 2019 but will remain a non-executive director of Cohort. Jeff Perrin will become the SID at that time.

Ed Lowe said:

“I am delighted to join Cohort at this exciting time in its development; I have admired the Group and the excellent work it does for a number of years and look forward to contributing to its continued success.”

Nick Prest, Chairman of Cohort said:

“We are pleased to appoint Ed Lowe to our Board; he brings a strong operational track record at a major global defence technology business with valuable experience in many of our key areas of operation. We look forward to his contribution as we continue to grow Cohort, organically and by acquisition.” 

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