Director Change & Appointment of Non-Exec Chairman

RNS Number : 5517C
29 June 2016

29 June 2016 

OMG plc

("Oxford Metrics" or the "Group")

Directorate Change and

Appointment of Non-Executive Chairman

OMG plc (LSE: OMG), the technology group providing Computer Vision products and services for the entertainment, life science, engineering industries and consumer electronics markets today announces that, following a thorough search process, it has appointed Roger Parry to join the Board as Non-Executive Chairman with immediate effect to succeed Anthony Simonds-Gooding (Non-Executive Chairman) on his retirement.

As part of an orderly transition, Anthony Simonds-Gooding, will retire from the Board and his role as Non-Executive Chairman of the Company with immediate effect.   

Roger Parry is currently Chairman of two AIM listed companies, YouGov plc and Mobile Streams plc and is Chairman of a number of other private companies.  Roger has held a variety of Chairman roles including Johnston Press plc (2001-09), Future plc (1999-2011) and Shakespeare's Globe (2005-13). Previously he was CEO of both Clear Channel International and of More Group plc. He spent three years with McKinsey, the international consulting firm, and prior to that was a TV and radio journalist with the BBC and ITV.

Nick Bolton, Chief Executive Office, Oxford Metrics, said:

"On behalf of the Board and our employees, I would like to thank Anthony for his tremendous contribution to Oxford Metrics during his 14 year tenure. He has chaired the business through an exciting period of positive transformation, generating significant shareholder value by taking world-class IP and monetizing it through commercial sales. His leadership and insight have been invaluable, and he has been a loyal supporter of our founding ambition. We wish him well in his future endeavours."

"We are pleased to welcome Roger to the Board. He is an excellent fit for us as he brings a wealth of business leadership experience having also chaired several successful tech-enabled companies. The Board and I look forward to working with Roger as we embark on the next stage of the Group's growth and development."

Anthony Simonds-Gooding, Chairman of Oxford Metrics, added:

"The shape of the Group has changed considerably in recent years, the quality of earnings continues to improve and the Group is well positioned to grow across multiple vectors. I am confident the Group will continue to go from strength to strength under Roger and the rest of the team."

On his appointment, Roger Parry said:

"I'm delighted to join OMG at a very exciting time in its development. The business has fascinating and valuable intellectual property.  It has proven to be very adept at finding successful commercial business models to take advanced technology to market. Its long heritage and links with Oxford University make it a great example of British innovation."

Roger George Parry CBE, aged 63, currently holds the following directorships:

·      Aves Enterprises LLP

·      Chrysalis Vision Limited

·      Mobile Streams Plc

·      MSQ Partners Group Limited

·      MSQ Partners Ltd

·      West Eight Investments Limited

·      YOUGOV Plc

He has also held the following directorships and partnerships during the last five years:

·      Aves Brands Limited

·      Future Plc

·      Shakespeare Globe Trading Limited

·      SPV Baseline Limited

·      The Foundation For Liver Research

·      The Shakespeare Globe Trust

Roger Parry was a director of Litelogic Limited which was placed into administration on 11 February 2009 with an estimated total deficit as regards creditors on that date of £2,254,565.  The administration was converted to a Creditors Voluntary Liquidation on 26 November 2009. A dividend of 9 pence in the £ was paid to all agreed unsecured creditors on 28 March 2011. Mr Parry was appointed a director of Litelogic Limited on 15 October 2008 and ceased to be a director on 9 February 2009.

Roger Parry was a director of Media Square plc which was placed into administration on 8 December 2011 with an estimated total deficit as regards creditors on that date of £24 million. An amount of £11,040,540.38 was paid to all creditors in 2012 and Media Square plc was dissolved on 10 March 2013. Mr Parry was appointed a director of Media Square plc on 2 July 2007.

Save for the above, there is no further information required to be disclosed under paragraph (g) of Schedule 2 of the AIM Rules with respect to the appointment of Roger Parry.


For further information please contact:

OMG plc

+44 (0) 1865 261800

Nick Bolton, CEO

David Deacon, CFO

FTI Consulting

+44 (0) 20 3727 1000

Matt Dixon / Charles Palmer / Emma Appleton / Harry Staight

N+1 Singer (NOMAD to OMG)

+44 (0) 20 7496 3000

Shaun Dobson / Jen Boorer


About OMG plc


OMG plc (Oxford Metrics Group. LSE: OMG) is a group of technology companies producing Computer Vision products and services for the entertainment, life science, engineering industries and consumer electronics markets.


The Group's technology is used globally to capture the movements of actors (for the movie industry), sportsmen and women (for video games or improving team performance), and children with cerebral palsy, rehab patients and animals (for medical, life science and research industries). The technology is also used for the management of highways and other forms of distributed infrastructure assets, such as lighting systems and other street furniture. Through this diverse offering the Group has earned its strong international reputation for precision from pixels and its unique expertise in imaging technology.


Founded in 1984, the Group is headquartered in Oxford, UK, and has two offices in the US and four in the UK. It has customers in over 65 countries and is a quoted company listed on AIM, a market operated by the London Stock Exchange. The Group trades through three subsidiaries: Vicon, the world's largest motion capture and movement analysis company, Yotta, a provider of software and services for infrastructure asset management and OMG Life, our IP licensing business, which is focused on unlocking latent value in OMG's IP.


The Group's global clients spanning the worlds of science, medicine, sport, engineering, gaming, film and broadcast include: major hospitals and research facilities such as Guy's Hospital, Nuffield Orthopedic Centre, Headley Court and Loughborough University, engineering industry leaders including: Ford Motor Company, BMW, Toyota and European Space Agency and in the entertainment sector; The Imaginarium, Sony, Industrial Light and Magic, Sega, Nintendo, UbiSoft, EA and Square Enix. In infrastructure asset management, clients include Highways England, Amey, Fulton Hogan, Northumberland, Norfolk, Lancashire, Hampshire, Cheshire East and West, Kent as well as many others.


About Roger Parry

Roger has spent most of his career in the media sector and has long experience as both a Chairman and as a CEO.  His first job was as personal assistant to Charles and Maurice Saatchi. He then became a broadcast journalist with BBC, ITV and LBC. He moved to become a consultant with McKinsey and Co and then held senior positions with WCRS, Internet Indiect, iTouch and Aegis. He was an owner of radio stations Jazz FM and LBC.

Roger was educated at the universities of Oxford (Jesus College) and Bristol; and is a Visiting Fellow of Oxford University.  He was awarded a CBE for services to media.  He is the author of five books including Ascent of Media and Enterprise: The Leadership Role.



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