Grafton Group announces Eric Born to join its Board of Directors as next CEO

– IRELAND, Dublin –  Grafton Group plc (LON: GFTU) today announced the appointment of Eric Born to its Board of Directors as CEO effective on 28 November 2022 as CEO to succeed Gavin Slark.

“Eric Born is a very experienced CEO and business leader with a proven track record of creating shareholder value in publicly listed and private equity-owned national and international businesses of scale in the retail, logistics and aviation services sectors. We are very pleased to welcome Eric to Grafton and are confident that he has the skills and experience to lead our Group through the next stage of its growth and development,” said Board Chair,  Michael Roney.

About Eric Born

Eric Born brings a wealth of international business experience to the role having served for five years as CEO of Swissport International AG, the leading global aviation services provider, and for a similar period as CEO of Wincanton plc, a leading provider of supply chain solutions in the UK and Ireland. He was formerly President, West & South Europe of Gategroup, the largest global airline catering provider. In the decade before, he held various senior roles in the retail sector in Switzerland and the UK.

Mr. Born previously served as Non-Executive Director of Serco Group plc, which specializes in the delivery of essential public services, and John Menzies plc, a leading distribution and aviation services business.

A Swiss national, he holds a BBA degree from the University of Applied Science in Zurich and an MBA from Simon Business School at the University of Rochester, New York. Following a distinguished international sporting career, Mr. Born used his high-performance skills, ability and drive to create a very successful career in business.

Mr. Eric Born said: “I am delighted to be joining Grafton at this stage in its history. The Group has a portfolio of quality, high-returning businesses with good market positions that provide an excellent growth platform. I look forward to working with my new colleagues to enhance the position of Grafton as a leading international business for the benefit of all stakeholders. “

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