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Cookson Group plc recently announced that Jeff Harris will join the board as a non-executive director, effective April 1, 2010, and will assume the position of chairman at the close of the company’s annual general meeting on May 13, 2010. He will succeed Bob Beeston as Cookson’s chairman. Beeston joined Cookson’s board as chairman in 2003 and is to retire at the forthcoming annual general meeting.
Harris is currently the chairman of Filtrona plc, a position he has held since 2005. He served as a non-executive director of a number of companies, including Bunzl plc (from 2000 until February 2010), Associated British Foods plc (2004-2007) and Anzag AG (1999-2007).
“We are delighted that Jeff Harris has agreed to join Cookson as our chairman,” said John Sussens, senior independent director of Cookson and leader of the search on behalf of the nominations committee. “His breadth of corporate experience, in both an executive and non-executive capacity, will be of great value to the board and to the company. I would also like to express my sincere thanks, and those of everyone within Cookson, to Bob Beeston. Bob has served as chairman with great distinction over seven years that have seen significant change, and he leaves the company very well-positioned to capitalize as our global markets recover.”
“I am delighted to have been asked to chair Cookson’s board,” said Harris. “It is a company with high-quality businesses and strong positions in its chosen markets, and one that has clearly benefitted from strong leadership in recent years. I greatly look forward to working with Nick Salmon and his executive team, and with the rest of the board.”
For more information, visit www.cooksongroup.co.uk.