04 December 2003
4 December 2003
APPOINTMENT OF NEW NON-EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN
Xansa, the international business process and IT services company, is pleased to
announce the appointment of its new Chairman, Bill Alexander, who takes up the
position from 1 January 2004 succeeding Andrew Buxton CMG, who will revert to
his previous role as Deputy Chairman.
Bill Alexander has been Chief Executive of Thames Water plc since 1997. He has
led their growth from a regional water company serving London and the Thames
Valley, to one of the world's largest water companies, with over 71 million
customers and a presence in 46 countries.
Commenting on today's announcement, Andrew Buxton, Chairman said:
"Bill's experience of significantly growing a company, establishing its
reputation and instilling a strong culture of customer service will be
invaluable in guiding Xansa through the next phase of our development."
Bill Alexander, Chairman Designate, said:
"I am delighted to be joining one of the most innovative and leading IT services
companies, with an excellent board and management team, at this important time
for the company and the IT services industry.
Xansa has gone through a challenging time in the last two years. The board has
been taking firm action to reposition the company to provide a sound platform
for further growth.
I very much look forward to working with the management team and to meeting
investors, clients and of course the people of Xansa in the New Year."
The following additional information is disclosed as at 4 December 2003, in
accordance with Chapter 16, Paragraph 4:
1. In addition to Thames Water Plc, Mr. Alexander is also a
Non-executive Director of RMC Group Plc.
2. There are no details to be disclosed under paragraph 6.F.2(b) to (g).
Mr. Alexander does not hold any beneficial or non-beneficial interests in the
ordinary shares of the Company.
Steve Stratton Giles Sanderson
Investor Relations Director Financial Dynamics
Tel: + 44 (0)8702 416181 Tel: + 44 (0)20 7831 3113
Notes for Editors
Bill Alexander was appointed Chief Executive of RWE Thames Water plc in October
He has overseen Thames Water's growth from a regional water company serving
London and the Thames Valley, to one of the world's largest water companies,
with over seventy one million customers and a presence in 46 countries.
In November 2000, the company became the water division of RWE. Since then RWE
Thames Water has become the largest private water service company in Germany the
UK and the United States, following the acquisition of American Water, and
number two in Australia, China and Chile.
He joined the company as Engineering Director in October 1989, was appointed
Managing Director of RWE Thames Water Utilities in 1992, and Group Managing
Director in 1996. He was appointed to the Board of RWE Thames Water plc as an
Executive Director in April 1994. He is a Non-executive Director of RMC Group
As Engineering Director, Bill Alexander was responsible for the Construction of
the Thames Water Ring Main, a £250 million tunnel beneath London that was
designed to help safeguard the city's supplies well into the 21st century.
Bill Alexander is a Chartered Engineer and former President of the Institute of
Mining, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of
Engineering, Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Honorary Fellow of
the Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Honorary Fellow of CIWEM and a Freeman
of the City of London. In 2002, he received the International Water Association
Award for Outstanding Contribution to Water Management and Science. In 2003 he
received Honorary Dsc's from Cranfield and Reading Universities.
Xansa is an international business process and IT services company creating and
delivering process and technology solutions that significantly improve its
clients' business performance. Through strong relationships, commercial
innovation and its integrated Indian delivery capability, Xansa drives real and
long-term cost reductions, performance improvements and new ways of working
tailored to each client. Its services are Business and Technology Consulting, IT
Implementation, IT Outsourcing and Business Process Outsourcing.
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