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Intertek Group Appoints Edward Leigh as CFO

Source: 4/29/2014, Location: Europe

Intertek Group plc (Intertek) announces that Lloyd Pitchford, Intertek Chief Financial Officer, has resigned and will leave the company by 30 September 2014 at which time Edward Leigh, Intertek's Group Financial Controller, will replace him as Chief Financial Officer and join Intertek's Board.

Edward Leigh currently leads the development of the Group's global finance transformation strategy and joined Intertek in March 2013 with over twenty years' experience in senior financial roles at leading multinational corporations including Dixons Retail Plc and Procter & Gamble Co. Lloyd will continue as Intertek Chief Financial Officer and as a Board member until his departure when he will assume the role of Chief Financial Officer, Experian plc.

Wolfhart Hauser, Chief Executive Officer of Intertek, said "We are pleased to appoint Edward Leigh as Chief Financial Officer, which is a natural progression. He has already brought valuable perspectives to Intertek and I look forward to working with Edward over the coming years. Lloyd's contribution to Intertek over the past four years has been significant and will have a lasting impact. On behalf of the company and the Board, I extend our thanks and very best wishes to Lloyd for his future."

Lloyd Pitchford, said "While I am excited about my new role, I will be sad to leave Intertek. I am proud of our strong growth record and the strength of our finance and management team today, as seen with Edward Leigh appointed as my successor. I look forward to working with Edward, Wolfhart and the Board in the coming months as we continue to deliver Intertek's future growth."

Edward Leigh biographical details:

Edward Leigh has over twenty years' experience in driving financial transformation and business performance programmes at a number of successful fast-paced multinational corporations. Since March 2013 as Group Financial Controller, Edward has led the development of Intertek's global finance transformation strategy. This included the Group's finance systems and shared services strategy, and the implementation of new planning, reporting, control and business partnering initiatives across diverse geographies and business lines.

Prior to this Edward spent nine years at Dixons Retail Plc where he held several senior financial management positions. These included Divisional & Corporate Development Finance Director, UK & Ireland CFO and Group Financial Controller, and where he led a number of transformation and business performance programmes. From 1995 to 2004 Edward held commercial and financial leadership roles at Procter & Gamble Co. covering UK and international markets. Edward is a Chartered Management Accountant.

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