Tate & Lyle Board Change - Nov 2008

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Tate & Lyle PLC (the “Company”) announces the appointment of Sir Peter Gershon as a non-executive director and Chairman-elect of the Company. Sir Peter will join the Board on 1st February 2009 and will succeed Sir David Lees as Chairman of the Company by the end of 2009.

Sir Peter Gershon has had a distinguished 30 year career in the computer, telecommunications and defence industries. Between 1987 and 1999 he was managing director of STC Telecommunications, GPT and Marconi Electronic Systems. In 2000, he was appointed Chief Executive of the Office of Government Commerce, in which capacity he also headed up the UK Government’s Efficiency Review in 2003/ 2004. Amongst his other current activities, Sir Peter is, and will remain, Chairman of Premier Farnell plc.

Sir David Lees, Chairman of Tate & Lyle, said “I am delighted to welcome Peter to the Board of Tate & Lyle and very much look forward to working closely with him in the months ahead as we transition the Chairmanship of Tate & Lyle.”

Sir Peter Gershon said “This is an exciting time to be joining Tate & Lyle, following the significant re-shaping of the Group over the last few years under the focused and diligent leadership of Sir David Lees and Iain Ferguson. I am greatly looking forward to working with Sir David, Iain and the rest of the Tate & Lyle Board on the many opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.”


1. Sir David Lees joined the Board of Tate & Lyle as Chairman on 1 October 1998. 2. About Sir Peter Gershon, CBE, FREng Sir Peter, aged 61, has been Non-Executive Chairman of Premier Farnell plc since 1 March 2005. He also holds the position of Chairman at each of General Healthcare Group Ltd, Symbian Software Limited and Vertex Data Science Limited. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the UK Defence Academy and a member of the Council of Imperial College. From 2000 until 2004, Sir Peter was chief executive officer of the Office of Government Commerce, where he led a major overhaul of government procurement practice and an efficiency review of the UK public sector. From 1999 to 2000, Sir Peter was chief operating officer and a member of the Board of BAe Systems. From 1994 to 1999, he was managing director of GEC Marconi where he was responsible for GEC’s interests in defence, aerospace electronics and naval shipbuilding. From 1990 to 1994, Sir Peter was managing director of GPT, the telecommunications joint venture between GEC and Siemens. From 1987 to 1990, Sir Peter was managing director of STC Telecommunications. Sir Peter is a chartered engineer and holds a first class degree in mathematics from Cambridge University.

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Through our expertise in sweetening, fortification, and texture, we develop ingredient solutions which reduce sugar, calories, and fat, add fibre and protein, and provide texture and stability in categories including beverages, dairy, bakery, snacks, soups, sauces, and dressings.

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