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Animalcare Group PLC
03 May 2022



("Animalcare", the "Company" or the "Group")


Changes to Board of Directors


3 May 2022. Animalcare Group plc (AIM: ANCR), the international animal health business, today announces the appointment of Sylvia Metayer as an Independent Non-Executive Director with immediate effect.


Sylvia has built a highly successful career in customer-focused commercial leadership roles, most recently at Sodexo SA, a global leader in Food and Facility Management outsourcing, where she has served as Chief Growth Officer and a member of the Executive Committee. Sylvia first joined Sodexo in 2006 as Group Financial Controller. She was later appointed CFO for On-Site Services operations in Europe, and President International Large Accounts, before becoming Chief Executive Officer of Sodexo's Corporate Services Worldwide Segment. Her decision to retire from Sodexo as of 31 May 2022 was announced in February of this year.


Sylvia began her professional career as an auditor prior to holding key financial positions in leading international groups. Before joining Sodexo she was Chief Operating Officer at Houghton Mifflin, a Boston-based educational publisher.


Sylvia is an Independent Non-Executive Director for PageGroup plc, a member of the supervisory board of Keolis SAS and was recently appointed as a Non-Executive Director to the Board of Groupe ADP (Aéroports de Paris SA). She also serves on the Research Orientation Committee and the Strategic Advisory Board at HEC Business School in France, and on the French Tech Advisory Council to the Minister of the Economy. Sylvia gained a business degree from the French École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) and is a graduate of both Queen's University, Canada and of the University of Ottawa, Canada. She holds joint French, British and Canadian nationality.


Nick Downshire, who joined the Board of the Company when it was acquired by Ritchey plc, for whom he had acted as a director since 1998, has decided not to seek re-election to the Board at the Company's forthcoming Annual General Meeting.  It is intended that Sylvia will replace him as chair of the Audit and Risk Committee after the Company's 2022 Annual General Meeting.


Jan Boone, Chairman of Animalcare Group plc, said: "Sylvia's wide-ranging financial and commercial experience will be of huge value as the Group continues to implement its long-term growth strategy. We're delighted to welcome Sylvia to the Animalcare Board.


"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Nick Downshire for his many years of commitment to the Company. Nick's extensive business knowledge, sound advice and supportive approach have been of significant benefit to our Company during his time as a Non-Executive Director."


Additional Information


The following information is disclosed pursuant to Rule 17 and Schedule Two paragraph (g) of the AIM Rules for Companies in relation to Marie Sylvia Metayer, aged 62:


Current Directorships:

Previous Directorships held in the last 5 years:

PageGroup plc

Groupe ADP (Aéroports de Paris SA)

Keolis SAS

Combined Occupier Solutions SAS



As of the date of this announcement, Sylvia Metayer holds no ordinary shares in the capital of the Company. Save as disclosed above there are no additional disclosures to be made in accordance with Rule 17 or Schedule Two paragraph (g) of the AIM Rules for Companies.




Animalcare Group plc

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(Joint Broker)

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Corporate Broking

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About Animalcare

Animalcare Group plc is a UK AIM-listed international development-focused veterinary sales and marketing organisation. Animalcare operates in seven countries and exports to approximately 40 countries in Europe and worldwide. The Group is focused on bringing new and innovative products to market through its own development pipeline, partnerships and via acquisition.


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