Taylor Nelson Sofres PLC
13 October 2005
13 October 2005
Taylor Nelson Sofres plc
The board of Taylor Nelson Sofres plc is pleased to announce that David Lowden,
currently Chief Operating Officer, has been appointed to succeed Mike Kirkham as
Chief Executive on 1 March 2006.
David Lowden joined the group as Finance Director in 1999 and in 2003 became
Chief Operating Officer, with responsibility for the group's regional operations
across the world.
He has played a significant part in the development of the group and has taken a
leading role in the integration of its major acquisitions. The board believes
that David Lowden has shown considerable ability in operational and strategic
management, together with strong leadership skills. He has demonstrated that he
has a thorough understanding of the business and its markets.
As previously announced, Tony Cowling will stand down as Chairman at the end of
2005. The board has appointed external advisors to assist in the search for a
replacement as non-executive Chairman. Mike Kirkham, who has been Chief
Executive since 2001, has accepted the board's invitation to become a candidate
for this role. Mike Kirkham had previously indicated to the board that, after
five years as Chief Executive, he considered it appropriate to hand on to a
Tony Cowling, Chairman, said: "The board is delighted that David is moving up to
be Chief Executive. He has clearly demonstrated he has the skills and
experience for the role and we are of the view that he is the right person to
lead the company through the next stage of its development. We believe that,
together with the support of the strong operational management across the group,
David will provide the leadership, continuity and strategic thinking necessary
for the future successful development of TNS."
For more information, please contact:
Tony Cowling, Chairman +44 (0) 1372 825 904
Janis Parks, Head of Investor Relations +44 (0)20 8967 1384
Margaret George, Citigate Dewe Rogerson +44 (0)20 7638 9571
Note to editors
About David Lowden
David Lowden is 48. He joined TNS as Finance Director in 1999 and became Chief
Operating Officer, with responsibility for the group's regional operations, in
October 2003. He previously worked for a number of international companies,
including market information company ACNielsen and Federal Express Corporation.
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company and a leading provider of social and political polling. We are also a
major supplier of consumer panel, TV audience measurement and media intelligence
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and analysis, to local and multinational organisations.
We combine our specialist sector knowledge with expertise in the areas of new
product development, motivational research, brand and advertising research and
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