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RNS Number : 4137J  Aquis Exchange PLC  26 April 2022

26 April 2022

Aquis Exchange PLC

("Aquis", or the "Company")

 

Board Appointments

 

Further to the Company's announcement on 29 March 2022 and approval at the
Annual General Meeting held earlier today, Aquis Exchange PLC (AQX.L, AQX.PL),
the exchange services company, is pleased to announce that Richard Fisher has
been appointed to the Board as Chief Financial Officer, and Dr. Ruth
Wandhöfer and Fields Wicker-Miurin OBE have been appointed to the Board as
Independent Non-Executive Directors, with immediate effect.

 

Richard Fisher first joined Aquis as Director of Finance in April 2021 and is
based in London. Prior to joining Aquis, Richard was Director of Finance at
Redwood Bank and other previous roles include Chief Accountant at RBS Group.
Richard has assumed his duties as the Company's Chief Financial Officer
following an orderly handover with current Chief Financial Officer, Jonathan
Clelland. Jonathan will retain his roles as COO of the Group and CEO of Aquis
Exchange Europe, and remain on the Board.

 

Dr. Ruth Wandhöfer joins Aquis alongside her duties as an independent
Non-Executive Director at Permanent TSB, Digital Identity Net and Gresham
Technologies. She also holds the role of Chair of the UK Payment Systems
Regulator Panel. Ruth is a strategic adviser to the European Third-Party
Payment Provider Association (ETPPA), a Partner at Gauss Ventures, member of
the Advisory Board of RTGS.global and part-time CIO at GC Partners. Most
recently she was an independent Non-Executive Director of the London Stock
Exchange Group and Pendo Systems Inc. Furthermore, she has worked for the
Commerzbank Real Estate Fund, the European Commission, the European Banking
Federation and at Citi as Managing Director responsible at global level for
the Regulatory & Market Strategy of the Treasury and Trade Solutions (TTS)
business.

Fields Wicker-Miurin has a distinguished career with over 40 years' experience
as an executive in financial services, a social entrepreneur focused on
leadership, and a Non-Executive Director and committee chair of the boards of
both global companies and government departments. From 1994-7 she led the
transformation of the London Stock Exchange and the London equity markets
while CFO and Strategy Director and from 2006-7 she was the only non-US member
of the NASDAQ Technical Advisory Council. Fields was one of only 10 experts
(and the only British one) advising the EU Parliament on financial services
harmonisation in the lead-up to the Prospectus Directive. She currently
serves as a Non-Executive Director and member and chair of key committees of
the main boards of BNP Paribas (the eurozone's largest bank) and Scor (the
world's 4th largest reinsurance company) and is Deputy Chair of the Royal
College of Art & Design. It is the intention, as part of the Company's
succession planning process, that Fields will take over the Senior Independent
Director role from Richard Bennett.

Commenting on the appointments Glenn Collinson, Chairman of Aquis Exchange
PLC, said:

"We are delighted to announce the three new appointments to the Board,
bringing a huge wealth of knowledge and experience to the leadership team, and
helping us to drive forward towards our ambitious targets.

 

Richard has been a highly effective Director of Finance at Aquis over the past
year, showing strong leadership and expertise. He has gathered considerable
experience of the Company since joining which will put him in good stead for
his new role as CFO. We are also very pleased to have Jonathan stay on the
Board in the key roles of COO and CEO of Aquis Exchange Europe.

 

With Ruth and Fields, we have found people with incredibly impressive careers
in financial services. Their highly regarded reputations within the banking
industry and with regulators, alongside their expansive experience within the
sector will help to drive continued success for the business."

 

Disclosure required pursuant to Rule 17 and Schedule 2(g) of the AIM Rules for
Companies

The names of all companies and partnerships of which Richard John Fisher, aged
49, has been a director or partner at any time in the previous five years are
set out below:

 Current directorships or partnerships:  Previous directorships or partnerships:
 None                                    National Westminster International Holdings B.V.
                                         RBS AA Holdings (UK) Limited

Mr Fisher holds no ordinary shares in Aquis.

Save as set out in this announcement, there are no further details to be
disclosed under Rule 17 or Schedule 2(g) of the AIM Rules for Companies in
respect of Mr Fisher.

The names of all companies and partnerships of which Dr. Ruth Wandhöfer, aged
46, has been a director or partner at any time in the previous five years are
set out below:

 Current directorships or partnerships:       Previous directorships or partnerships:
 Gresham Technologies PLC                     London Stock Exchange Group PLC
 Sinonyx Limited                              Pendo Systems, Inc
 Digital Identity Net U.K. Limited
 Permanent Tsb Public Limited Company
 Permanent Tsb Group Holdings Public Limited
 Leximar Limited

Dr. Wandhöfer holds no ordinary shares in Aquis.

Save as set out in this announcement, there are no further details to be
disclosed under Rule 17 or Schedule 2(g) of the AIM Rules for Companies in
respect of Dr. Wandhöfer.

The names of all companies and partnerships of which Jane Fields Wicker-Miurin
OBE, aged 63, has been a director or partner at any time in the previous five
years are set out below:

 

 Current directorships or partnerships:  Previous directorships or partnerships:
 BNP Paribas S.A.                        Prudential Public Limited Company
 SCOR SE                                 SCOR UK Company Limited

Fields holds no ordinary shares in Aquis.

Save as set out in this announcement, there are no further details to be
disclosed under Rule 17 or Schedule 2(g) of the AIM Rules for Companies in
respect of Fields Wicker-Miurin OBE.

 

Enquiries:

Aquis Exchange PLC via

 Alma PR (Financial PR Adviser):                                Tel: +44 (0)20 3405 0209

 Susie Hudson                                                   aquis@almapr.co.uk (mailto:aquis@almapr.co.uk)

 Kieran Breheny

 VSA Capital Limited (AQSE Corporate Adviser)                   Tel: +44(0)20 3005 5000

 Andrew Raca

 Pascal Wiese

 Liberum Capital Limited (Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker)   Tel: +44 (0) 20 3100 2000

 Chris Clarke

 Clayton Bush

 Edward Thomas

 Canaccord Genuity Limited (Joint Broker)                       Tel: +44 (0) 20 7523 8000

 Bobbie Hilliam

 Patrick Dolaghan

 

Notes to Editors

About Aquis Exchange PLC

Aquis Exchange PLC and its subsidiaries are an exchange services group which
operate a pan-European cash equities trading businesses (Aquis Exchange), a
growth and regulated primary market (Aquis Stock Exchange/AQSE) and
develop/license exchange software to third parties (Aquis Technologies).

Aquis Exchange is authorised and regulated by the UK Financial Conduct
Authority and France's Autorité des Marchés Financiers to operate
Multilateral Trading Facility businesses in the UK/Switzerland and in EU27
respectively. Aquis Exchange operates lit and dark order books, covering 16
European markets. For its lit books, Aquis Exchange uses a subscription
pricing model which works by charging users according to the message traffic
they generate, rather than a percentage of the value of each stock that they
trade and does not allow aggressive non-client proprietary trading, which has
resulted in lower market impact and signalling risk on Aquis Exchange than
other trading venues in Europe.

Aquis Stock Exchange (AQSE) is a stock market providing primary and secondary
markets for equity and debt products. It is authorised as a Recognised
Investment Exchange, which allows it to operate a regulated listings venue.
The AQSE Growth Market is divided into two segments 'Access' and 'Apex', with
different levels of admission criteria. The Access market focuses on earlier
stage growth companies, while Apex is the intended market for larger, more
established businesses.

Aquis Technologies is the software and technology division of Aquis Exchange
PLC. It creates and licenses cutting-edge, cost-effective matching engine and
trade surveillance technology for banks, brokers, investment firms and
exchanges.

Aquis Exchange PLC is listed on the Aquis Stock Exchange and on the
Alternative Investment Market of the LSE (AIM) market. For more information,
please go to www.aquis.eu (http://www.aquis.eu/) .

 

 

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