– UK – Bunzl plc, the international distribution and outsourcing Group, today announces the appointment of Vanda Murray OBE as a non-executive director.

Vanda Murray will join the Board with effect from 1 February 2015.  Based in the UK, Mrs Murray is presently a non-executive director of Exova Group plc, Chemring Group PLC, Manchester Airports Holdings Limited, Microgen plc, where she is Chair of the Remuneration Committee, and Fenner PLC, where she is the senior independent director.  She was previously Chief Executive Officer of Blick plc from 2001 to 2004 and subsequently the UK Managing Director of Ultraframe PLC from 2004 to 2006.  She was appointed OBE in 2002 for Services to Industry and to Export.

Peter Johnson, who has served as a non-executive director since 2006, will be retiring from the Board after the Company’s Annual General Meeting in April 2015.  Upon his retirement, Vanda Murray will become Chair of the Remuneration Committee and David Sleath, who was appointed as a non-executive director in September 2007 and is Chairman of the Audit Committee, will assume the role of senior independent director.

Commenting on the changes, Philip Rogerson, Chairman of Bunzl, said: “I am delighted that Vanda has agreed to join the Board.  She has over 20 years of senior management experience across a range of industrial, manufacturing and support services sectors in Europe, the US and Asia which will be of great value to Bunzl as we continue to expand and develop.

I would also like to thank Peter for his significant contribution to Bunzl’s success. A non-executive director for nine years, during his time he has also served as Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and senior independent director.  We thank Peter for his guidance and wise counsel and he will leave the Board with our gratitude and best wishes for the future”.

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