Grafton Group Announces Appointment of New Directors

Appointment of Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director

Grafton Group plc (“Grafton, the Company”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Mark Robson as Non-Executive Director and Chair Designate of the Audit and Risk Committee with effect from 1 December 2023; and of Mrs. Susan Murray as Senior Independent Director with effect from the conclusion of the 2024 Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) of the Company.

Appointment of Non-Executive Director

Mr. Robson will succeed Mr. Paul Hampden Smith as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee when he steps down from the Board at the conclusion of the 2024 AGM after almost nine years as a Director.

Mr. Robson is a highly experienced former Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) with a board level career in listed companies spanning over two decades and experience, gained at a senior executive level, of the manufacture and distribution of materials to small builders through a national branch network.

Mr. Robson joined the Board of Howden Joinery Group Plc (“Howdens”) as CFO in April 2005 and in addition served as Deputy Chief Executive Officer for his final six years on the Board and retired in December 2021. Prior to joining Howdens, Mr. Robson served for six years as CFO of Delta plc, the international industrials group. In his early career, he held progressively more senior financial positions over a period of thirteen years with Imperial Chemical Industries PLC, the global chemical group. Mr. Robson trained as a Chartered Accountant with PwC.

Mr. Michael Roney, Non-Executive Chair of Grafton said:

“On behalf of the Board, I am delighted to welcome Mark to Grafton. He brings considerable financial, listed company board and relevant sector experience to the role. Mark was a highly accomplished CFO with a proven track record of success from his strong focus on value creation and commitment to the interests of all stakeholders. Most notably, during his 15-year tenure as CFO of Howdens, he played a critical role in the dramatic growth in the scale and profitability of the business that was exceptionally value accretive for shareholders.

”Mr. Mark Robson said:

“I am delighted to be joining the Board of Grafton, a Group with strong brands and market positions and an international outlook. I look forward to working with the Board and the management team over the coming years in developing the business to its full potential and continuing to deliver stakeholder value.

”This announcement includes the information required by Listing Rules 9.6.11 to 9.6.13, and there is no further information to report under Listing Rule 9.6.13.

Appointment of Senior Independent Director

Mrs. Susan Murray, who joined the Board in October 2016, will succeed Mr. Hampden Smith as Senior Independent Director at the conclusion of the 2024 AGM.

For further information please contact:
Charles Rinn Secretary
Grafton Group plc
Telephone: +353 1 216 0600

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