Baillie Gifford US Growth Trust appoints Chris van der Kuyl and Rachael Palmer to its Board as Non-Executive Directors

– UK, Edinburgh –  Baillie Gifford US Growth Trust PLC (LON: USA) today announced the appointment of Chris van der Kuyl and Rachael Palmer to its Board as non-executive Directors with effect from 1 June 2021.

About Chris van der Kuyl

Chris van der Kuyl is one of Scotland’s leading entrepreneurs working across the technology, media, gaming, and entertainment sectors. Chris is most notably co-Founder and Chairman of multiple award-winning games developer 4J Studios, best known for developing Minecraft for Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo games consoles. He and fellow co-Founder Paddy Burns launched Chroma Ventures, the investment arm of 4J Studios, in 2021.

Chris is also Chairman of Puny Astronaut, TVSquared, Broker Insights, Stormcloud Games, and Parsley Box Plc and sits on the boards of Blippar, Ace Aquatec, and ADV Holdings. Alongside his commercial roles, he was the founding Chairman of Entrepreneurial Scotland and is currently a member of multiple advisory and local charity boards. Elected as one of the youngest Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2013, he has also been awarded honorary degrees from the University of Dundee, Abertay University, the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, and the University of Strathclyde. Chris was formally recognized for his contribution to technology in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2020, becoming a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Chris has a beneficial interest of 6,178 ordinary shares of the Company.

About Rachael Palmer

Rachael Palmer is an experienced strategy, marketing, and business development professional with extensive experience working within the technology sector. Currently, Rachael leads Google’s VC and Startup Partnerships for Europe, Middle East, and Africa region. Before Google, Rachael consulted with numerous startups and led marketing and business development efforts for EY’s world-famous Entrepreneur of the Year Program. Rachael has also held positions at American Express and Microsoft where she held various product, marketing, and business development roles. Rachael received her MBA from The Wharton School and her BSE in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

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