26 July 2022
Priya Guha and Wais Shaifta join the Board of Reach plc
The Board of Reach plc is pleased to announce the appointment of Priya Guha, MBE and Wais Shaifta as Non-Executive Directors of the Company, with effect from 1 September 2022. Priya and Wais will be members of the Audit & Risk, Nomination, Remuneration and Sustainability Committees.
Priya brings to the Board a unique mix of senior diplomatic and governmental leadership, alongside extensive experience of the technology sector . She is a Venture Partner at Merian Ventures, with a focus on women-led innovation investments, a member of the Adjunct Faculty at the Ashridge Hult Business School and a Non-Executive Director of UK Research & Innovation and the Digital Catapult.
Previously, Priya was a career diplomat, most recently as British Consul General to San Francisco, with prior postings in India and Spain. She sits on the Royal Academy of Engineering International Committee, the Durham Business School International Advisory Board and Tech London Advocates and Global Tech Advocates Advisory Board. She is also a Trustee at TechSheCan. In 2021 Priya was awarded an MBE for services to international trade and women in innovation.
Wais brings to the Board a varied e-commerce background and customer focus expertise, having previously held executive roles in a number of online businesses. He has extensive experience driving growth and transformation for several digitally enabled brands, with a track record of leveraging data to drive customer engagement. As the former CEO at Push Doctor, one of the leading digital healthcare companies in Europe, Wais worked in partnership with the NHS to connect thousands of patients each week with clinicians. Before joining Push Doctor, Wais was Director of Global Operations at Treatwell, and prior to that was International Operations Director at Just Eat.
Wais is a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Sustainability Committee of The Gym Group plc , an Operating Partner for Samaipata and a Governor of The Grange Academy School . He has been hired by Revaia Capital, the largest female-led Venture Capital fund in Europe to act as their board representative for Planity, one of their portfolio companies, where he is an independent Non-Executive Director.
Nick Prettejohn, Chair of Reach plc, commented:
"Priya and Wais are great additions to the Reach plc Board. Priya's leadership in tech innovation and Wais's proven track record in e-commerce and customer engagement will be especially valuable as we pursue our strategy."
Priya Guha commented: "This is an exciting time to play a part in the future of the media industry and I look forward to working with the Board to steer Reach plc at this crucial stage in its transformation."
Wais Shaifta commented: "The Reach plc Board have overseen another period of rapid and crucial change for the business in recent months. I look forward to contributing to their efforts as they continue to progress in their strategy."
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Jim Mullen, Chief Executive Officer
Simon Fuller, Chief Financial Officer
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