National Express Group PLC ("National Express" or "the Group") is a leading international public transport operator, with bus, coach and rail services in the UK, Continental Europe, North Africa and North America.
National Express Group PLC today announces that Jez Maiden, Group Finance Director since 2008, has resigned in order to take up the role of Group Finance Director of Croda International Plc, the Speciality Chemicals Group, early in the New Year.
Jez has agreed to remain with the Group for the time being to ensure an orderly handover and the Board has commenced a search process for his replacement that will consider both internal and external candidates. The Board has appointed Matthew Ashley, currently Finance Director of National Express's UK Bus business and formerly Group Financial Controller, as interim Group Finance Director and he will work alongside Jez in the coming months as part of the handover.
Dean Finch, Group Chief Executive, said: "On behalf of everyone at National Express I would like to thank Jez for the significant contribution he has made as Finance Director over the past six years. We understand the reasons behind his decision and wish him every success in the future."
Jez Maiden said: "I have had a hugely enjoyable and rewarding time at National Express and will be sad to leave. I am looking forward to my new opportunity at Croda, in an industry where I began my plc career, and am confident National Express will continue to go from strength to strength."
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