Cohort appoints Ed Lowe to its Board as Non-Executive Director and announces Jeff Perrin as next Senior Independent Director

– UK, Reading –  Cohort PLC (LON: CHRT), the independent technology group, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ed Lowe as a new non-executive director with effect from yesterday, 1 July 2019.

Nick Prest, Chairman of Cohort said: “We are pleased to appoint Ed Lowe to our Board; he brings a strong operational track record at a major global defence technology business with valuable experience in many of our key areas of operation. We look forward to his contribution as we continue to grow Cohort, organically and by acquisition.”

Consequent to the appointment, Cohort is making a number of changes to the composition of its Board committees. Mr Lowe is joining the Remuneration & Appointments Committee as Chairman, and the Audit Committee. Sir Robert Walmsley will step down from both committees and from his role as Senior Independent Director with effect from the publication of the Group’s final results on 23 July 2019 but will remain a non-executive director of Cohort. Jeff Perrin will become the SID at that time.

About Ed Love

Mr Lowe was most recently Chief Operating Officer at Thales UK, a subsidiary of Thales Group, the global technology business operating across aerospace, defence, digital security, transport and space. He started his career at Racal Electronics in 1980 and, over a twenty-year period, undertook a variety of commercial, sales and managerial roles. In 2000, he was appointed Vice President within Thales UK with responsibility for the commercial, sales and strategy functions. In 2005 he was appointed Managing Director of the Thales UK naval activities and led the international business line for naval platforms and services. In this role Ed sat on the Board of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, the body responsible for delivering the Royal Navy’s two Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers. In 2010 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer for Thales UK with operational responsibility for all Thales UK activities.

Ed Lowe said: “I am delighted to join Cohort at this exciting time in its development; I have admired the Group and the excellent work it does for a number of years and look forward to contributing to its continued success.”

Mr Lowe is a graduate of Reading University.

About Cohort

Cohort plc is the parent company of five innovative, agile and responsive businesses based in the UK and Portugal, providing a wide range of services and products for domestic and export customers in defence and related markets.

Chess Technologies, through its operating businesses Chess Dynamics and Vision4ce, offers systems and technologies for detecting, tracking, classifying and disrupting naval, land and air threats. It was acquired by Cohort plc in December 2018.

EID designs and manufactures advanced communications systems for the defence and security markets. Cohort acquired a majority stake in June 2016.

MASS is a specialist defence and technology business, focused on electronic warfare, information systems and cybersecurity. Acquired by Cohort in August 2006.

MCL – an expert in sourcing, design and integration of communications and surveillance technology, as well as support and training for UK,  end users including the MOD and other government agencies. MCL has been part of the Group since July 2014.

SEA is an advanced electronic systems and software house operating in the defence, transport and offshore energy markets. Acquired by Cohort in October 2007.

Cohort was admitted to London’s Alternative Investment Market in March 2006. It has its headquarters in Reading, Berkshire and employs in total around 900 core staff there and at its other operating company sites across the UK and in Portugal.

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