Plus500 adds Nomura executive Penny Judd to its Board of Directors

FCA-regulated retail forex and CFD broker Plus500 Ltd (LON:PLUS) has announced some changes to its Board of Directors.

The company added seasoned compliance executive Penny Judd as a non-executive director. Judd is currently EMEA Head of Compliance in the London office of Japanese banking giant Nomura Holdings, Inc. (ADR) (NYSE:NMR), although she plans to step down from that position to take non-executive board positions such as this. Judd previously held a similar role at UBS. She has also acted as Head of Equity Markets at the London Stock Exchange, after beginning her work career as an Accountant at KPMG.

Plus500 also added CFO Elad Even-Chen to the Board.

Stepping down from the Plus500 Board is Inbal Marom.

The full statement put out by Plus500 reads as follows:


Plus500 w margin28 June 2016

Plus500 Ltd.

(“Plus500” or “the Company”)

Board Changes

Plus500, a leading online service provider for retail customers to trade CFDs internationally, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Penelope Ruth Judd (née Partridge), aged 53, as Non-Executive Director of the Company and a member of the Board of Directors with effect from 28 June 2016. She will complement Alastair Gordon, Charles Fairbairn and Daniel King as UK-based non-executives of the Company and will chair the newly formed Risk and Compliance Committee.

Mrs. Judd is a chartered accountant with over 30 years of City and financial services experience specialising in Compliance, Governance, Regulation, Corporate Finance and Audit. She is currently Managing Director, EMEA Head of Compliance at Nomura International Plc, a position that she has held for the last three years and is due to step down from at the end of June 2016 to pursue a portfolio non-executive career. Prior to this Mrs. Judd worked at UBS Investment Bank for 9 years and held the position of Managing Director, EMEA Head of Compliance from 2007 until 2012.

Mrs. Judd began her professional career at KPMG where she qualified as a chartered accountant. She left KPMG to join the UK Listing Authority, where she managed the Equity Markets Division responsible for admission of companies to the Official List and AIM and regulation of listed companies. In 2000, Mrs. Judd joined the Corporate Finance team at Cazenove & Co focusing on bringing companies to the main market as well as advising on M&A and capital raisings.

Further to the appointment of Mr. Elad Even-Chen as Group Chief Financial Officer as announced on 15 March 2016, the Company is pleased to announce that Mr. Even-Chen, aged 30, will join the Board of Plus500 with effect from 28 June 2016. Mr. Even-Chen is currently a director of Plus500CY Ltd.

Mr. Even-Chen holds two Share Appreciation Rights (SARs) in relation to Plus500 shares. The first, a NIS 500,000 SAR with a base price of £5.20 subject to a maximum cash payout of NIS 2,000,000 and a payout date of 1 January 2017. The second, a NIS 650,000 SAR with a base price of £3.89 subject to a maximum cash payout of NIS 2,600,000 and a payout date of 3 January 2018.  The SARs are subject to early payout in the event of a change of control of the company.

Additionally, Plus500 today announces that Mrs. Inbal Marom, has elected to step down from the Board, effective 1 July 2016.

Alastair Gordon, Chairman of Plus500, said: “We’re delighted to welcome a non-executive of the calibre of Mrs. Judd to the Board of Plus500. She will be of great value to the Company, and we look forward to benefitting from her guidance as we continue to grow our business.”

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