Result of AGM, Appointment of Finance Director, and
Proposed introduction of LTIP
Westminster Group Plc, the AIM listed supplier of system solutions and products to the security, defence, fire protection and safety markets worldwide, is pleased to announcethat all resolutions put to shareholders at today's annual general meeting (AGM) were duly passed.
At the AGM, Westminster announced the appointment of Ian Selby as Finance Director, commencing in the role on 1 July 2011. Mr Selby will replace Nick Mearing-Smith, who has served in the role since February 2007 and will step down on 30 June 2011.
Ian Selby, aged 44, is a Chartered Accountant with significant board level experience of working with private and listed SME's. He was previously the Group Finance Director of Zenith Hygiene Group plc where he was instrumental in executing a successful trade sale, and previously he was the CFO of Corero plc, a software company. He has extensive experience including M&A, fundraising, working capital improvements, debt renegotiation and operational financial management. Earlier in his career he held international finance roles, including emerging markets in Halliburton Inc, Sybase Inc and Micro Focus plc. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers and Lybrand Deloitte and holds a degree in Physics from the University of Birmingham.
Commenting on the appointment, Peter Fowler, Chief Executive at Westminster, said:
"Firstly, I would like to thank Nick for his support over the past four years. He has been with Westminster over a period of significant development, including our flotation on AIM and we wish him well with his future endeavours.
"Secondly, I would like to welcome Ian to the team. He has significant experience of operating in international markets and guiding high growth businesses through the inevitable growing pains."
It is the Board's intention to adopt a long term incentive plan ("LTIP") during the second half of 2011 to allow employees and directors of the Group to be granted awards in respect of ordinary shares in the Company ("Ordinary Shares"). It is intended that the maximum number of Ordinary Shares issuable under the LTIP by the Company would not exceed 10 per cent. of the Company's issued ordinary share capital. It is proposed that the powers of the Board to grant awards of Ordinary Shares under the LTIP would be operated through, and on the recommendation of, the Remuneration Committee.
In accordance with Schedule 2 paragraph (g) of the AIM Rules, the Company announces the following information in respect of Ian Selby's current and past directorships.
Mr Selby was a director of the following companies during the past 5 years:
Corero Plc - 11/1998 to 11/2007
Zenith Hygiene Group Plc - 11/2007 to 11/2008
There is no further information required to be disclosed under Schedule 2, Paragraph (g) of the AIM Rules for Companies, pursuant to Mr Selby's appointment.
Peter Fowler 01295 756 300
Chief Executive - Westminster Group Plc
Nicholas Mearing-Smith 01295 756 300
Finance Director - Westminster Group Plc
Alex Clarkson 0161 831 1512
Zeus Capital Limited - Nominated Adviser
John Grant / Karen Kelly 020 7101 7070
XCAP Securities PLC - Broker
Tom Cooper/Paul Vann 020 3176 4722
Winningtons Financial 0797 122 1972
Westminster Group plc is a leader in the supply of system solutions and products to the security, defence, fire protection and safety markets worldwide.
Westminster's principal activity is the design, supply and ongoing support of advanced technology security solutions, risk assessments and close protection services. These can range from product only assignments, such as the supply of specialised scanners, to the design and implementation of an integrated system solution such as a border detection and surveillance system. The majority of its customer base, by value, comprises governments and government agencies, non governmental organisations and blue chip commercial organisations.
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