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Thursday 02 April, 2009

National Express

Directorate Change

RNS Number : 9669P
National Express Group PLC
02 April 2009

National Express Group PLC

National Express Group PLC announces new Chairman

National Express Group PLC (NEG) is pleased to announce the appointment today of John Devaney as Chairman of the group. Mr Devaney is also Chairman of Tersus Energy and National Air Traffic Systems and is a Non-Executive Director of Northern Rock.  

There are no details to be disclosed under Sections 9.6.13 R(1) to (6) of the UKLA Listing Rules in respect of Mr. Devaney's appointment.

Commenting on the appointment, Richard Bowker, Group Chief Executive said: 'Having conducted a thorough search for the right candidate, we believe that John will bring extensive business and leadership experience to the Board, will advise and challenge executive management on strategy and operations and will make a significant contribution to relations with all stakeholders. We are delighted that John has accepted the appointment and look forward to working with him.

'I would also like to thank, on behalf of the whole Board, Tim Score for his important contribution, leadership and commitment as acting chairman for the past three months.'

John Devaney said: 'I am extremely pleased to be appointed as Chairman of National Express Group. I join this dynamic company at an important stage in its development. It is a business I have followed with interest and I greatly look forward to working with the Board and the shareholders.'

For further information, please contact:

National Express Group PLC

Richard Bowker, Group Chief Executive

020 7506 4322

Nicole Lander, Director of Communications

0121 460 8401


Neil Bennett/Suzanne Bartch/Brian Hudspith

0207 379 5151

Notes for Editors

John Devaney was educated at the University of Sheffield and completed the Advanced Management Programme at the Harvard Business School. He has managed businesses across Europe, the UKCanadaUSA and Japan. His previous roles include Chairman of Kelsey Hayes (part of Varity Corporation), Eastern Group, Exel and Telent and Non-Executive Director of HSBC Bank Plc, Ocean Group and British Steel. Mr Devaney will join the Nomination and Safety Committees of the Board. His appointment will be subject to shareholder approval at the forthcoming AGM of the Company.


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