CentralNic Group appoint two new members to the board

CentralNic Group

CentralNic Group plc (LON:CNIC), the global internet platform that derives revenue from the subscription sales of domain names and web services, announced today the appointment to its board of Matthew Max Edward Royde and Horst Oskar Siffrin as Non-executive Directors with immediate effect. Max and Horst are joining the board as shareholder representatives of Kestrel Partners LLP and inter.services GmbH respectively.

Max Royde is currently managing partner at Kestrel Partners, an investment management company specialising in business-critical software companies, which has a beneficial holding in CentralNic of 56,583,670 shares or 22.53%.  Max co-founded Kestrel Partners in 2009 and is a fund manager of Kestrel Opportunities.  Prior to Kestrel Max was a managing director of KBC Peel Hunt, running its technology franchise. He has over 20 years’ experience focusing on the technology sector.

Horst Siffrin started his career as a German diplomat serving in Germany, the UK, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Bolivia, Poland and Spain. He is partner of inter.services holding/investments, which has a beneficial holding in the Company of 37,085,870 shares or 14.77% and owner of H.O. Siffrin Consulting based in Berlin. From August 2011 until the reverse takeover of CentralNic in August 2018 he was Chairman of the Supervisory Board of KeyDrive SA, Luxemburg and member of the Advisory Board of the Key-Systems Group. In 2018 he co-founded AstraPharma.

Ben Crawford, CEO of CentralNic Group commented: “We are delighted to welcome Max to our board. Through Kestrel Partners he has been a long-term investor and supporter of CentralNic. He has extensive experience of UK listed technology companies and capital markets and his knowledge will be invaluable to us as we continue to grow the Company.

We also welcome Horst onto our board. Having held senior positions at our 2018 acquisition KeyDrive, Horst understands both our industry and our business and we look forward to his support in taking CentralNic to the next stage in its growth.” 

The following disclosures are made in relation to paragraph (g) of Schedule Two of the AIM Rules for Companies:

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Matthew Max Edward Royde (age 49)

Current DirectorshipsPast Directorships within the last 5 years
Kestrel Partners LLPKestrel Investment Partners LLP
Elms Road Capital LimitedIngenta plc
Charles Connell & Company Holdings LimitedIDE Group Holdings plc
Track Record Holdings LimitedGresham Technologies Plc
Trailight Ltd 
Findlay Park Partners LLP 
IQGeo Group plc 

Max Royde was appointed as a director of Hotel Buyer Limited on 10 October 2000 and resigned on 10 May 2005. On 31 May 2005, the company passed an extraordinary resolution to put the company into creditors voluntary liquidation. The company was dissolved on 26 January 2008.

Horst Oskar Siffrin (age 73)

Current DirectorshipsPast Directorships within the last 5 years
inter.services GmbHKeyDrive SA
H.O. Siffrin Consulting 
AstraPharma GmbH 
IIG – Invest in Growth GmbH 
PerspektiveAfrika E.V 
Seniorenhilfe.Saarland E.V 
phi GmbH 
Gastehaus Residenz Aurora – Horst Siffrin e.K 
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