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BGL Group appoints new Board Director

Immediate release: 21 May 2012

The BGL Group today announced the appointment of David Downie to a new Board-level position, 'Group Director of Intermediated Businesses'.

David joins the Group from HSS Hire Group, the UK's fastest growing large 'Tool and Hire' company. As Chief Operating Officer, David's responsibilities included branch and central operations, commercial, supply chain, contact centres and customer services. He played a major part in driving the company's transition from a B2C organisation to a significant B2B player.

Prior to this, David was Group HR Director at The 4U Group, having spent a further 16 years with Asda in a number of roles before joining the Executive Board, first as Retail Director and then finally as Logistics Director.

In his new role, David is a member of the BGL Group Board, reporting to Chief Operating Officer, Matthew Donaldson. He holds responsibility for Junction, Frontline, Bennetts, Fusion, Panel and Product Development and Pricing.

Matthew Donaldson said: "David's appointment to the Board consolidates our new structural approach, which supports the continuing growth of the Group's businesses. He joins us at an important time. Junction, our affinity arm, is driving for growth through enhancing its technology capabilities, while our own-brand businesses Dial Direct and Budget, within Frontline, have a number of new initiatives underway to deliver value to our insurer partners. Fusion, our contact centre operation, is making a £1 million investment in technology to further improve customer service. And Bennetts is beginning the 2012 biking season with some innovative plans to take its customer engagement to even greater heights. We welcome David to the Group. His expertise and management experience will be a valuable asset in driving our future success."

David Downie