Origin Enterprises appoints its current Board Director Rose Hynes as the new Non-Executive Chairman

– IRELAND, Dublin – Origin Enterprises plc (AIM:OGN) today announces the appointment of Ms. Rose Hynes as Non-Executive Chairman effective immediately.

Origin also announces today the retirement of Mr. Owen Killian and Mr. Patrick McEniff from the Board as Non-Executive Chairman and Non-Executive Director respectively. Owen and Patrick have served on the Board since the establishment of Origin in October 2006 and the Group’s subsequent admission to the ESM and AIM markets of the Irish and London Stock Exchanges in June 2007.

Rose Hynes was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2015. Rose is the Senior Independent Director of Total Produce plc, One Fifty One plc and Mincon plc. She is also Chairman of Shannon Group plc. Previously Rose was Chairman of Ervia and Non-Executive Director of Aer Lingus, Fyffes and Bank of Ireland. In addition, she held a number of senior executive positions with GPA Group plc in the period 1988-2002 including General Counsel and Head of the Commercial Department. A law graduate of University College Dublin and a lawyer, Rose is an Associate of the Irish Institute of Taxation and of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Rose Hynes, Chairman of Origin said: “Owen and Patrick have both made very significant contributions to the Board of Origin since 2006.

Owen has provided outstanding leadership and encouragement to the Board in support of the Group’s strategic transformation to a clearly focussed business prioritising innovative and sustainable agricultural services. On behalf of the Board, I would like to express our sincere thanks to Owen and Patrick and wish them both continued success.

I am delighted to be invited to take up the role of Chairman. I look forward to working with the Board, management and employees in the delivery of strategy and maximisation of shareholder value.”

About Origin Enterprises plc

Origin Enterprises plc is a focused Agri-Services group providing on-farm advice and the supply of agri-inputs. The Agri-Services business,s through its manufacturing and distribution operations in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Poland, Ukraine and Romania, has leading market positions in the supply of specialist agronomy services, crop nutrition and feed ingredients. The Group is listed on the ESM and AIM markets of the Irish and London Stock Exchanges.

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