System1 Group appoints Rupert Howell to its Board as Non-Executive Director and announces Sophie Tomkins as next Senior Independent Director

– UK, London –  System1 Group plc (LON: SYS1) today announced the appointment of Rupert Howell to its board as a non-executive director with immediate effect, while Sophie Tomkins, non-executive director and Chair of the Audit Committee will be appointed Senior Independent Director soon, succeeding Robert Brand who has informed the Board that he will not be seeking re-election at the Annual General Meeting later this year.

“I should like to thank Robert for his outstanding contribution to System1 over a period of considerable change to our company. His strong support and wise counsel as our Senior Independent Director will be greatly missed. In succeeding him later this year, I know that Sophie Tomkins will make an admirable SID and I look forward to working closely with her. I should also like to welcome Rupert Howell to the Board. Following an illustrious career in the advertising industry I am confident his knowledge and insight will contribute significantly to our future development.” said Board Chairman, Graham Blashill.

About Rupert Howell

Rupert has an extensive career of around 40 years in the advertising and media sector. He was the co-founder of Howell Henry Chaldecott Lury, a UK-based advertising agency, where he worked from 1987 until 1997 when it was acquired by Chime Communications plc, where he was CEO from 1997 to 2002. He held several roles at McCann Erickson from 2003 to 2007, including President of EMEA, Chairman of the UK & Ireland Group, and Regional Director of EMEA Operations. He was Managing Director of the Broadcast and Online division and a board director of ITV plc from 2007 to 2010. Following a two year sabbatical, he joined Trinity Mirror plc as group development director and was at Trinity Mirror from 2013 to 2020.

He was also a non-executive director of the LSE-listed Matomy Media Limited from 2014 to 2017. He left Reach to focus on his portfolio career. He is chairman of Roxi, the music streaming service, pinwheel, green energy, and sustainable living app start-up, and is chairman of the advisory board of Empresa Cura Medicinal, LDA.

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