Taylor Nelson Sofres PLC
09 October 2003
For release at 10.30
9 October 2003
Taylor Nelson Sofres plc
Appointment of Chief Operating Officer
Taylor Nelson Sofres plc (TNS), a world leader in market information, is pleased
to announce the appointment of David Lowden to the newly-established board
position of Chief Operating Officer.
Mr Lowden joined TNS as Finance Director in 1999 and has made a significant
contribution to the successful development of the group.
His appointment as the group's Chief Operating Officer is one of a number of
changes being made to ensure that the company brings an appropriate level of
management focus to its expanded activities, following the merger with NFO
WorldGroup, Inc. in July this year. In his new role, Mr Lowden will
progressively take on direct responsibility for the group's regional operations
and the regional heads in the new structure will report to him.
The Board will now begin the recruitment process for a new Finance Director.
Until an appointment is made, Mr Lowden will retain responsibility for the
group's finance activities.
Commenting on the appointment, Chairman Tony Cowling said, "The Board is
delighted that David has accepted this important new role within the enlarged
group. He has made a valuable contribution to the company over the past four
years by improving business and strategic planning processes, building the
group's relationship with the investment community and integrating the many
acquisitions made to build our global network and specialist sector
capabilities. We will benefit greatly from David's considerable skills and
experience, together with the knowledge of the group and our industry that he
will bring to this key management position.
"As we continue to make rapid progress with the integration of NFO, and with the
increased scope and complexity of our business, this appointment will free up
more time for Mike Kirkham to concentrate on the strategic development of the
For further information, please contact:
Mike Kirkham, Chief Executive +44 (0)20 8967 4022
David Lowden, COO and Finance Director +44 (0)20 8967 4009
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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Note to editors
After graduating from the University of Strathclyde with a BA in Business and
Administration, David Lowden qualified as a chartered accountant with Thomson
McLintock (KPMG). David spent two years as a Treasury/Taxation Accountant with
Norcros plc before moving to Federal Express Corporation in 1984, where he rose
to the position of Vice President of International Finance - Europe, Africa and
Near East. From 1992 to 1996 he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial
Officer, initially of Nielsen International and then of ACNielsen, one of the
world's leading market information companies. For the two years prior to
joining TNS he was Group Finance Director of Asprey & Garrard Limited. David
was appointed Finance Director of TNS in February 1999.
TNS is one of the world's leading market information groups. We provide market
measurement, analysis and insight through our global network of operating
companies in 70 countries. Working with national and multi-national
organisations, we help our clients to develop effective business strategies and
enhance relationships with their customers. In July 2003, the group completed
the acquisition of NFO WorldGroup, Inc. Further information on TNS can be found
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