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TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC
26 July 2012
New Appointments to the TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC Board
Sir Howard Stringer and James Powell will join the TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC Board as Non-Executive Directors with immediate effect.
Roger Taylor, who has served on the Board since TalkTalk's demerger from Carphone Warehouse has decided to step down. Now that the company has established itself as a successful stand-alone entity and with the appointment of two new very high calibre Non-Executive Directors in addition to the other NEDs already serving on the Board, Roger felt now was the right time to step down. The Board would like to thank Roger for his tremendous contribution to the growth and development of TalkTalk since its inception as a division of Carphone Warehouse. These Board changes now mean TalkTalk has at least 5 independent Non-Executive Directors and they account for more than half of the Board excluding the Chairman.
Chairman of TalkTalk, Sir Charles Dunstone said: "We are pleased to welcome Sir Howard and James to our Board of Directors. Collectively they bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the group from the entertainment and technology sectors which will be invaluable as we launch TV in the coming months. It goes without saying that Roger's contribution to the company has been immense right from the very beginning. There simply wouldn't be a TalkTalk without the role he played. I would like to offer my personal thanks to him for his amazing contribution. He will however remain a close adviser both to the company and myself as Chairman".
Commenting on his appointment Sir Howard Stringer said: "I am delighted to be joining the Board of such an entrepreneurial and innovative company just as the business launches a hugely exciting TV service".
Sir Howard is currently Chairman of Sony Corporation.
James Powell said: "I am delighted to be joining the TalkTalk Board in this exciting phase of the company's development".
James is currently Chief Technology Officer at Thomson Reuters.
The Company has no further information to be disclosed under paragraph 9.6.13 of the UK Listing Authority Listing Rules in respect of the above appointments.
For more information please contact:
Mark Schmid, Communications Director, TalkTalk
+44 (0)75 1503 4676
Notes to editors
Sir Howard Stringer
Sir Howard Stringer is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sony Corporation. Prior to his appointment of Chairman, Sir Howard was Chairman, President and CEO of Sony Corporation until April 1 2012.
Prior to joining Sony Corporation in 1997, Sir Howard had a distinguished 30-year career as a journalist, producer and executive at CBS Inc. After leaving CBS Inc., Sir Howard was Chairman and CEO of TELE-TV, the media and technology company formed by Bell Atlantic, NYNEX and Pacific Telesis, three of the largest telephone companies in the United States, from February 1995 to April 1997.
James T. Powell is Chief Technology Officer of Thomson Reuters.
In his 14 years at Reuters, Powell held a number of senior leadership positions including CTO for Enterprise; CTO and global head of product development; head of technology strategy; and CTO for the Reuters Financial division. He has also held senior leadership positions at Solace Systems, Citadel Investment Group and TIBCO Finance Technology.
He earned a BSc in Mathematics and an MSc in Industrial Robotics from Imperial College London.
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