4 October 2019
Appointment of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Succession
McBride plc, the leading European manufacturer and supplier of Contract Manufactured and Private Label products for the domestic Household and professional cleaning/hygiene markets, today announces the following Board changes.
Chief Executive Officer
The Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Ludwig de Mot as Chief Executive Officer. He will join the Board of McBride plc on 1 November 2019 and will also join the Nomination Committee.
Ludwig, a Belgian national, joins from ArcelorMittal where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of its Canadian mining operations. Prior to ArcelorMittal, Ludwig spent 12 years in senior executive positions at the Lhoist Group, the global minerals and lime producer, including President and Chief Executive Officer of its European, North American and Asian operations, where he successfully grew the business through a combination of organic growth, restructuring and selective acquisitions. Ludwig worked for 10 years in senior management roles across Europe with SCA Packaging, and in his early career held positions at Schaeffler and Saint-Gobain.
Ludwig is currently a non-executive director of VPK Packaging Group, the privately-owned Belgian packaging company.
There is no other information required to be disclosed pursuant to paragraph 9.6.13 R of the Listing Rules.
John Coleman, Chairman, commented:
'The Board is delighted to welcome Ludwig to McBride. His commercial and operational expertise will be highly complementary to our team and he brings a wealth of international experience in manufacturing and selling in many different geographies. The Board very much looks forward to working with him as it continues to execute its strategy and create value for shareholders.'
With effect from Ludwig's commencement date, Chris Smith, currently Interim Chief Executive Officer, will resume his role as Chief Financial Officer.
Following the appointment of Ludwig as the new Chief Executive, John Coleman has decided not to seek re-election at the AGM on 22 October 2019 and will stand down as a Director and Chairman following the AGM.
John Coleman said 'Following the successful recruitment of the new Chief Executive I believe this is the right time for me to step down and allow a new team to take the Company through the next phase of its development.'
As a consequence, Resolution 5 as set out in the AGM Notice is now redundant. A further announcement on John's succession will be made in due course.
Chris Smith, Interim Chief Executive
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Ed Bridges, Nick Hasell
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Note to Editors
Mr de Mot's annual remuneration package, which is in line with the Company's shareholder approved Remuneration Policy, will include the following:
· base salary of £500,000;
· bonus opportunity of up to 100% of base salary, pro-rated from his joining date for the first financial year of his appointment;
· an award of up to a maximum of 125% of base salary under the Company's Long Term Incentive Plan 2014 (LTIP). This will vest based on performance over a three year performance period as assessed by the Remuneration Committee, against TSR and eps targets. The award will also be subject to a two year holding period;
· Pension payments (cash allowance or contribution) equal to 8% of base salary, plus other standard contractual benefits.
· A non-pensionable payment of up to a maximum of £25,000 over a twelve month period for temporary accommodation and up to a further £25,000 in relation to relocation expenses and costs in line with relevant tax rules.
The Company has also agreed the following buy-out arrangements to compensate for the forfeiture of incentive compensation from Mr de Mot's current employment. The recruitment remuneration policy approved by shareholders sets out how to determine the buy-out of outstanding incentives from the previous employer, namely, that the value of any buy-out payments should be no higher than the expected value of the forfeited arrangements. In line with that policy, the buy-out of current share based incentives is either through restricted shares and performance shares (or a blend of both), dependent upon the basis of the incentives being forfeited. The timing of payments will be no earlier than the incentives forfeited.
Mr de Mot will, on the date of joining, receive a one off restricted share award worth £125,000, which will vest on the first anniversary of his date of joining subject to Mr de Mot being in the Company's employment and notice not having been given or received to terminate employment.
All net shares vesting must be retained until the Company's Share Ownership Guidelines for Executive Directors have been met.
Full details will be disclosed in the relevant Directors' Remuneration Report.