– UK, Eversholt – IG Design Group plc (LON: IGR), one of the world’s leading designers, innovators, and manufacturers of celebrations, craft, gifting, stationery, and creative play products, today announced the appointments of Stewart Gilliland and Clare Askem to its Board as Non-Executive Chairman Designate and Non-Executive Director respectively, effective immediately.
In addition, the Company also announced that Elaine Bond has informed the Board of her intention to step down from her role as Non-Executive Director, effective 31 December 2021.
Stewart will take on the role of Non-Executive Chairman from John Charlton who, as previously communicated, will step down and retire at the upcoming AGM to be held in September 2021.
Paul Fineman, CEO of IG Design Group plc, commented: “We are delighted to be appointing Stewart as our Chairman Designate. Not only does he have FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 experience, and deep knowledge of the consumer industry, he also has great ambitions for the business, which we know he will help us make a reality. We look forward to benefitting from his strength in embedding best practice governance, increasing shareholder engagement, and investing in people. We are confident Stewart is ideally suited to chair the Group going forward and are excited to see what we will achieve as we move into our next stage of growth.
We are also extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Clare as a Non-Executive Director. As well as bringing excellent strategic thinking skills to our Group, Clare’s experience will bring a customer and brand perspective to the Board. We look forward to her guidance over the coming years as the Group continues to execute on its strategy.”
About Stewart Gilliland
Stewart Gilliland has a wealth of experience in senior and board roles at fast-moving consumer goods businesses, both listed and private. He is currently Chair of C&C Group plc, as well as a Non-Executive Director at Chapel Down Group, Tesco, and Natures Way Foods. Previously, Stewart has held non-executive positions at Mitchells & Butlers plc, Booker Group, Sutton & East Surrey Water Company and Vianet Group. These directorships follow a long and successful executive career in consumer-facing companies, where Stewart established a strong track record in supporting businesses to achieve their growth ambitions and encouraging engagement with stakeholders.
About Clare Askem
Clare Askem has an extensive background in strategic development with substantial experience in business change and digital transformation. She also has a wealth of experience in consumer goods businesses. Clare is currently a Non-Executive Director of Portmeirion Group plc, Studio Retail Group plc, and The Law Debenture Corporation plc. Previously, she was managing director of Habitat at Sainsbury plc and was a director on the Sainsbury’s Argos operating board. Prior to her role at Habitat, Clare held a number of executive positions at Home Retail Group plc.
About IG Design Group plc
IG Design Group plc, the largest consumer gift packaging business in the world, is a designer, innovator and manufacturer of products that help people celebrate life’s special occasions. Design Group works with more than 11,000 customers in over 80 countries throughout the UK, Europe, Australia, and the USA.
Its products are found in over 210,000 retail outlets, including several of the world’s biggest retailers, for example Walmart, Target, Amazon, Costco, Lidl and Aldi. Its brand, Tom Smith, also holds the Royal Warrant for the supply of Christmas crackers and Christmas wrapping paper to the Royal family. Design Group is a diverse business operating across multiple regions, categories, seasons, and brands.
Its five major product categories are Celebrations, Gifting, Craft & creative play, Stationery, and ‘Not-for-resale’ consumables. It offers customers a full end-to-end service from design through to distribution, offering both branded and bespoke products from the value-focused through to the higher-margin ends of the market.
The Company was admitted to the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange in 1995 under the name ‘International Greetings plc’ and rebranded to IG Design Group plc in 2016.
For more information: https://www.thedesigngroup.com/
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