The Weir Group PLC announces the appointment of Mary Jo Jacobi to the Board as a Non-Executive Director, with effect from 1 January 2014.
Ms Jacobi has extensive experience at senior levels in the energy, financial services and public sectors in the UK and USA. She is also an established brand advisor with extensive communications and public affairs experience. Previously Ms Jacobi was a Senior Executive of Royal Dutch Shell plc, BP America Inc., Lehman Brothers Inc., HSBC Holdings plc and Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc. She was a Non-Executive Director of Tate & Lyle plc between 1999 and 2004.
She is currently the Managing Director of her own consultancy practice and a Non-Executive Director of Mulvaney Capital Management. She is a Senior Associate of The Leadership Council and holds several advisory and consultancy roles in the not for profit sector.
Ms Jacobi holds dual United States and British citizenship. She was appointed Assistant US Secretary of Commerce by President George H. W. Bush and had earlier served as Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan and as a Member of President Reagan's Advisory Committee on Trade Negotiations. She was appointed by Prime Minister David Cameron to the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments in June 2012 and was formerly a British Civil Service Commissioner. She is also a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University.
Lord Smith of Kelvin, Chairman of The Weir Group PLC, said "I am delighted to welcome Mary Jo as a Non-Executive Director of the Company. As a highly experienced leader she brings valuable insight from working in private enterprise and public life on both sides of the Atlantic. I am sure she will make a substantial contribution to the future work of the Board."
There are no further details to be disclosed relating to Mary Jo Jacobi under Section 9.6.13 of the Listing Rules.