Filtronic plc (AIM: FTC), the designer and manufacturer of products for the critical communications, wireless telecoms and defence & aerospace markets, is pleased to announce the appointment of John Behrendt as a non-executive director and member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nominations Committees with effect from 1 January 2021.
John will become chair of the Audit Committee with effect from the publication of our interim results to allow for a managed transition. Reg Gott has been acting as interim chair of the Audit Committee following the previous chair's retirement on 29 October 2020.
John has over thirty years of experience in a combination of executive and non-executive roles and qualified as an accountant with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). He was Head of Principal Investments with Eight Roads, part of the Fidelity network of companies, from 2015 until January 2020. John has held a number of leadership and operational roles, including, as CEO of Optegra, an international health care company; as CEO/CFO of Frontier Silicon Limited, a VC backed supplier of components/software for mobile devices and digital audio markets; as CFO for Teraview Limited, an instrumentation devices company operating in the pharmaceutical and defence markets; and as CFO for Alphamosaic Limited, a VC backed fabless chip company.
John obtained his CIMA qualification with General Motors and subsequently held early career roles in commercial and finance management at McDonall Douglas Inc and MDIS plc.
Reg Gott, Chairman, commented: "I am delighted John has agreed to join the board of Filtronic plc. He is a highly experienced finance specialist with considerable background in business growth development and his skills, expertise and insights will be of great benefit to the Company as we move forward with our strategic development plans."
John Behrendt said: "I am delighted to be joining Filtronic at this exciting phase of the Company's development and look forward to working as part of the Board to evolve and develop an ambitious strategy for growth."