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On the Beach Group (OTB)


Friday 05 March, 2021

On the Beach Group

Non-Executive Director Appointment

RNS Number : 2564R
On the Beach Group PLC
05 March 2021

5 March 2021


On the Beach Group plc

("On the Beach" or the "Group")


Directorate Change - Non-Executive Director Appointment


On the Beach Group plc (LSE: OTB.L), the UK's leading online retailer for beach holidays, is pleased to announce the appointment of The Rt Hon Justine Greening to the Board as a Non-Executive Director with immediate effect.*


Most recently, after leaving Government in 2018, Justine founded the Social Mobility Pledge campaign in that year to drive grass roots change through business and higher education. Three years on, over 550 companies and 75 universities have committed to strategically drive social mobility through their respective organisations' engagement with local communities.


Justine was Member of Parliament for Putney, Roehampton & Southfields from 2005 to 2019 and spent eight years as a Minister, including six in Cabinet. Justine's political career included the following appointments:


· Secretary of State for Education (2016-2018);

· Minister for Women & Equalities (2016-2018);

· Secretary of State for International Development (2012-2016);

· Secretary of State for Transport (2011-2012); and

· Economic Secretary to Treasury (2010-2011).


Prior to Justine's political career, she trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PriceWaterhouse in the UK and Switzerland before taking a finance role at SmithKline Beecham followed by a strategy role at the newly formed GlaxoSmithKline. During her time at GSK, Justine completed an MBA at the London Business School in 2000 and then joined AA/Centrica as Head of Sales and Marketing Finance for three years before leaving to successfully become a Member of Parliament in 2005.


Richard Pennycook, Chair of On the Beach, commented:

"We are delighted that Justine has agreed to join the Board of On the Beach as a Non-Executive Director. Justine has had both a successful business career and an illustrious political career. Her important work upon leaving Government to establish the Social Mobility Pledge has been instrumental in changing the way businesses and universities think about social mobility. It is a privilege that Justine has chosen On the Beach as her first corporate Non-Executive Director role and we look forward to working with her and benefiting from her extensive knowledge and expertise. As the travel sector recovers from the pandemic, we expect some fairly major reforms to the regulatory landscape. Justine's experience, in and out of Westminster, will be invaluable as On the Beach navigates these reforms and pursues opportunities to grow our market share both in the UK and internationally."


Rt Hon Justine Greening said:

"I am excited to be joining the Board of On the Beach at a time when the UK's vaccine rollout continues apace, and consumers can look forward to the prospect of going on holiday again. Simon and his team have built a great business which puts the consumer at the forefront of everything that they do and I look forward to working with him, Richard and the wider Board as On the Beach continues on its mission to be Europe's leading online retailer of beach holidays."


* Justine will serve as a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees. As stated on page 66 of the Company's 2020 Annual Report, following this announcement the Audit Committee will be quorate and Richard Pennycook will therefore step down as a member of the Audit Committee with immediate effect. Justine's appointment satisfies the requirements of provision 24 of the UK Corporate Governance Code.


Save as disclosed herein, there are no further details required to be disclosed pursuant to Listing Rule 9.6.13 in connection with Justine's appointment.


For further information:


On the Beach Group plc

Simon Cooper, Chief Executive Officer

Shaun Morton, Chief Financial Officer


via FTI Consulting

FTI Consulting

Alex Beagley

Fiona Walker

Sam Macpherson

Holly Ayres

Tel: +44 (0)20 3727 1000


About On the Beach

With over 20% share of online sales in the short haul beach holiday market, we are one of the UK's largest online beach holiday retailers. We have significant opportunities for growth and a long-term mission to become Europe's leading online retailer of beach holidays. By using our innovative technology, low-cost base and strong customer-value proposition to provide a structural challenge to legacy tour operators, we continue our journey to disrupt the online retail of beach holidays. Our model is customer-centric, asset light, profitable and cash generative.


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