Taylor Nelson Sofres PLC
12 November 2002
12 November 2002
Taylor Nelson Sofres plc
Taylor Nelson Sofres plc, a world leader in market information, announces the
following changes to its board.
Remy Sautter has been appointed as a non-executive director, with effect from 12
November 2002. He is currently Chairman of Channel 5, the UK television company
and Chief Executive and Chairman of RTL Radio, a leading French media business.
He is also a non-executive director of PartnerRe inc, a NYSE-listed global
Deputy Chairman Nick Hodges, who has been a non-executive director since 1997,
will retire from the board on 31 December 2002 and will be replaced as senior
independent director by Rob Rowley, who joined the board in September 2002.
Jacques-Henri David, who joined the board as a non-executive director in 1998,
will step down on 31 January 2003.
In addition, the chairmanship of each of the board committees has been reviewed
and the following changes will take effect from 2 January 2003. Neil Cross,
currently Chairman of the Nomination Committee, will become Chairman of the
Audit Committee. Rob Rowley will take the position of Chairman of the
Remuneration Committee. Stephan Buck, currently Chairman of the Audit
Committee, will take over as Chairman of the Nomination Committee.
Commenting on these moves, Tony Cowling, Chairman of Taylor Nelson Sofres, said:
"We are delighted to welcome Remy to the board. His extensive experience in
international media and with French business and financial institutions will be
of great value to us, as we continue to develop and grow the company. At the
same time, we thank both Nick Hodges and Jacques-Henri David for the invaluable
contributions they have made to the group's development over the past five
For further information, please contact:
Tony Cowling, Chairman +44 (0)1372 825 900
Janis Parks, Head of Investor Relations +44 (0)20 8967 1584
Margaret George, Citigate Dewe Rogerson +44 (0)20 7638 9571
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About Taylor Nelson Sofres
Through its international network of 230 offices in more than 50 countries,
Taylor Nelson Sofres provides market information services in over 100 countries
to national and multi-national organisations. It is ranked as the fourth
largest market information group in the world. Further information on Taylor
Nelson Sofres is available from the corporate website: www.tnsofres.com.
About Remy Sautter
Age 57, Remy Sautter is a French citizen and holds a degree in Law, as well as
degrees from l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques and l'Ecole Nationale
d'Administration, Paris. Prior to taking on his current roles as Chairman of
Channel 5 and Chief Executive and Chairman of RTL Radio, he held a number of
executive financial positions in prominent French institutions, including the
Caisse des Depots, the French Ministry of Defence and Havas.
About Rob Rowley
Age 53, Rob Rowley joined Reuters in 1979, having attained a BSc (Hons) in
Economics and Commerce from Southampton University, an MBA from Cranfield
University and an ACMA qualification. Following his appointment as Finance
Director of Reuters Group PLC in 1990, he took responsibility for the global
finance function, legal, compliance, company secretarial, property and pensions.
He was closely involved in the strategic development of the company and in its
investor relations activity and has extensive experience in capital
restructuring and acquisitions. He is currently a non-executive director of
Prudential plc and Chairman of its Audit Committee.
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