GB Group PLC

Appointment of Non-Executive Director

RNS Number : 8742P
GB Group PLC
22 October 2021



Embargoed until 7.00 a.m.

22 October 2021



("GBG", the "Group" or the "Company")


Appointment of Non-Executive Director


GBG (AIM: GBG), the expert in digital identity software, is pleased to announce the appointment of Bhavneet (Bhav) Singh as an independent Non-Executive Director with effect from 1 November 2021. Bhav will become a member of the Audit & Risk, Remuneration, Nomination and ESG committees upon appointment.

Bhav Singh has over 25 years' experience leading successful digital businesses, through ambitious periods of growth and transformational change, with international expansion a key feature.  He is the Founder and CEO of Sandbox a digital learning company reaching over 55 million users monthly across its portfolio of 13 market leading products, all focused on millennial families. Bhav set up Sandbox in 2015 and over 6 years, through a mix of organic growth and acquisitions, has grown Sandbox to be one of the market leading platforms in this space.


Prior to Sandbox Bhav was the CEO of Pearson English one of the key growth divisions for Pearson plc focused on teaching English as a foreign language. Under Bhav's leadership Pearson English increased its market share (and profitability) by assimilating all the English businesses into an integrated group and completing acquisitions in China, Brazil, Germany and the US.


Before Pearson, Bhav spent eight years at Viacom inc. as Managing Director and Executive Vice President of the Emerging Markets group. Here Bhav rapidly scaled Viacom brands (including Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, Colors) into market leading positions in key growth territories including India, Russia, Central Europe, Middle East, and Africa.


He also provides an advisory role at a number of technology and media companies. Bhav was formerly a non-executive director of Forthnet, a Greek listed company.


Commenting on Bhav's appointment, David Rasche, GBG's Chairman said:


"On behalf of the BoardI am very pleased to welcome Bhav to GBG. His proven track record of profitably scaling digital businesses through organic growth and successful M&A in both developed and emerging markets is highly applicable to GBG's strategic priorities. Bhav will add further capability to the board and depth of counsel to management, as we continue to grow globally." 


Commenting on his appointment Bhav Singh added:


"I am delighted to be joining the GBG Board at such an exciting time for the Company as it continues its journey and growth trajectory.  I look forward to serving on the Board in this time of growth and with such huge opportunities ahead."




Additional Information

In accordance with Rule 17 and paragraph (g) of Schedule 2 of the AIM Rules for Companies, Bhavneet ("Bhav") Singh (aged 48) holds or has held in the past 5 years the following directorships and partnerships:




Aspen Newco 1 Limited

Aspen Newco 2 Limited

Bad Inc Limited

Blue Basil PTE Limited

Catalyst Newco 3 Limited

Constructuve Media, LLC LLC

FEN Learning, Inc.

Figjam Group Limited

Old Monk PTE Limited

Plato Media US, Inc

Plato Media Limited 

Poptropica Limited

Poptropica, Inc.

Sandbox Edutainment Holdings Limited

Sandbox Gaming Limited

Sandbox International Holdings Limited

Sandbox Learning Limited

Sandbox London & Co LLP

Sandbox Networks Inc.

Story Art Media Inc.

Teachervision, Inc

TinyBop Inc





Edukon Limited

Kidsy Ltd

Nova Telecommunications Single Member S.A.

Sandbox Partners Private Limited

Superawesome Limited



Bhav Singh currently holds no shares in the Company.

There is no further information required to be disclosed under Rule 17 or paragraph (g) of Schedule 2 of the AIM Rules for Companies.

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Fo r further information, please contact:



Chris Clark, CEO

Annabelle Burton, Company Secretary


01244 657333

Peel Hunt LLP (Nominated Adviser and Broker)

Edward Knight

Paul Gillam


020 7418 8900

Tulchan Communications LLP

James Macey White

Matt Low

Jordan McCulla

Olivia Lucas


020 7353 4200

[email protected]




About GBG

GBG are the experts in digital identity software. Helping organisations across the globe eliminate customer friction and fraud from their digital experiences. GBG develop and deliver digital identity, address verification, fraud prevention and compliance software to over 20,000 customers globally.


Through the combination of the latest technology, the most accurate data and our unrivalled expertise, GBG helps organisations ranging from start-ups to the largest consumer and technology brands in the world deliver seamless experiences, so their customers can transact online with greater confidence.


Headquartered in the UK and with over 1,000 team members across 15 countries.


To find out more about how we help our customers establish trust with their customers, visit  and follow us on LinkedIn and [email protected]




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