– UK, Southampton – Universe (AIM: UNG.L), a leading developer and supplier of point of sale, payment and on-line loyalty systems, is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Blazye as a Non-Executive Director with immediate effect.

Mr Blazye, aged 56, has over thirty years of experience in loyalty marketing, petrol retailing and payment systems. He is currently President of International Corporate Development and a member of the global executive team at FleetCor Technologies Inc (“FleetCor”), a global provider of specialised payment products and services to businesses. From 2007 to 2011, he served as Chief Executive of FleetCor Europe, turning the division into Europe’s largest independent fuel-card business through a combination of organic and acquisitive growth. He is a Director of a number of FleetCor’s UK and European subsidiary companies.

Before joining FleetCor, Mr Blazye served as a Group Director at dunnhumby, the UK customer analytics company owned by Tesco plc. Prior to this, he enjoyed a 25-year career at Shell International Ltd, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc, which he joined in 1980. At Shell, he was latterly General Manager of the Global Payment & Loyalty Division.

Robert Goddard, Chairman of Universe Group, said: “I am delighted to welcome Andrew to the Board of Universe. His extensive experience of our core markets, as well as his strong track record in corporate development, will greatly assist us as we continue to develop the Group.”

Andrew Blazye commented: “I’m delighted to be joining Universe at this exciting stage in the Company’s development. The Board has established a firm platform for further growth and has clear objectives as it seeks to take Universe’s products and services into new retail verticals.”

About Universe Group plc

Universe provides some of the world’s leading retailers with point of sale, payment and loyalty solutions. The Group’s solutions are based on its own proprietary software and are offered out of the Cloud on a software as a service model with its data centres processing in excess of 3 billion transactions every year.

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