Team17 Group announces Steve Bell to join its Board of Directors as CEO designate

– UK, Wakefield –  Team17 Group plc (LON: TM17), a global games label, creative partner, developer, and publisher of independent premium video games, educational entertainment apps for children, and working simulation games, today announced the appointment of Steve Bell to its Board of Directors as Group CEO-designate on 4 September 2023, to succeed Debbie Bestwick as Group CEO from 1 January 2024.

Debbie Bestwick MBE will be working closely with Steve to ensure a smooth transition and will then join the Board as a Non-Executive Director on 1 January 2024.

About Steve Bell

Steve Bell joins from Iris Worldwide Holdings Limited, a global integrated marketing agency specializing in brand and digital marketing strategy, which he co-founded in 1999. Steve has amassed extensive digital marketing expertise, having held senior leadership roles since co-founding Iris in 1999, including the role of Global Group CEO since 2021. Managing over 1000 employees in 14 offices around the world, Steve has overseen Iris’ work with some of the biggest, most creatively driven, and technologically advanced global brands and has been instrumental in developing and delivering Iris’ commercial and M&A strategies.

Before co-founding Iris, Steve worked for the advertising and retail agency Arc Worldwide, spending over five years working across several high-profile integrated accounts.

Steve Bell said: “I am thrilled to be joining Team17. The Company has an incredible track record and I’m excited to help build on the Group’s strong foundations to continue its impressive growth trajectory. I look forward to working closely with the Board, Mark, Michael, Julia, Tim, and Emmet – the Group’s divisional CEO’s and their broader teams to bring even more compelling games and apps to players, alongside driving further momentum by supporting the Group’s successful organic and acquisitive growth strategy.”

About Team17

Team17 Group plc is a global provider of games entertainment to a broad audience. The Group now includes a games entertainment label and creative partner for indie developers, a leading developer and publisher of educational apps targeting children under the age of eight, and a leading working simulation games developer and publisher.

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