Softcat plc (LON: SCT), a leading UK provider of IT infrastructure products and services, has announced the appointment of Karen Slatford as an independent non-executive Director of the Company.
Karen is a seasoned senior figure in the technology sector, having pursued a global career spanning four decades and encompassing a wide range of technology company roles. Karen began her career at ICL, before spending 20 years in Hewlett Packard, where she headed up worldwide sales and marketing. She has held a variety of roles at Board level since 2001. Currently, Karen serves as Senior Independent non-executive Director at Micro Focus International plc: a Board she joined in 2010, and where she is Chair of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Remuneration and Audit Committees. Karen also serves as Chair of Draper Esprit, an AIM-listed venture fund, and is Senior Independent non-executive Director of accesso technology group: a Board she joined in 2016 and where she is Chair of the Remuneration Committee.
It is intended that Karen’s appointment will become effective from 5 December 2019 and that she will serve as Chair of the Board’s Remuneration Committee and as Senior Independent non-executive Director of the Company.
Commenting on the appointment, Martin Hellawell, non-executive Chairman of Softcat plc said:
“I am extremely pleased that Karen has agreed to join our Board and to serve as our Senior Independent non-executive Director. Karen knows both the UK and global technology sector inside-out and has a tremendous amount of experience in public company governance, which we welcome. All of us at Softcat look forward to working with her and taking advantage of her unique perspective as we push ahead with our proven strategy for growth.”
The following details are required to be disclosed under 9.6.13R of the Listing Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority in respect of other directorships held by Karen Slatford in a publicly-quoted company at any time in the previous five years:
· 5 July 2010 – current: Micro Focus International plc
· 20 November 2015 – current: Draper Esprit plc
· 24 May 2016 – current: Accesso Technology Group plc
· 27 May 2008 – 26 November 2015: Volex plc
· 15 May 2017 – 26 September 2019: Alfa Financial Software Holdings PLC