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Archant appoints former Pixar and Fox executive as new chairman

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Archant has appointed former Pixar and Twentieth Century Fox chief financial officer, Simon Bax, as its new chairman to replace Richard Jewson, who steps down on April 30, after 32 years on the board.

Richard said: “We are delighted that someone with Simon’s extensive experience of managing the impact of digital technologies in the transformation of the media and entertainment industry has decided to join us.

“I know that chief executive Adrian Jeakings and his team are excited at the opportunity to work with Simon.”

Simon has spent much of his career in the United States where he held a number of positions including Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Chiat/Day, the global advertising agency; as Executive Vice-President and CFO of Studio Operations at Twentieth Century Fox and subsequently as CFO of Pixar Animation Studios.

In 2008, he co-founded and became Chief Executive of Encompass Digital Media Inc which grew to become an international leader in the provision of network origination services and fibre transmissions and digital media encoding services; growing to employ over 1,000 people with revenues of almost $300m. Encompass Digital Media Inc was sold in early 2012.

Simon said: “I am greatly looking forward to the opportunity to work with a company which has such a deep heritage and is also committed to fully addressing the challenges of a rapidly transforming media landscape.”

Simon is a Non-executive Director of Inmarsat Plc, the FTSE 250 leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, and of San Francisco-based MobiTV, a provider of premium end-to-end mobile media solutions. He also recently joined the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association Ltd as a non-executive director and has homes in London and North West Norfolk.

Richard Jewson retires from the Board of Archant on April 30 after 32 years, 17 of them as chairman.

Archant’s AGM will be held at the John Innes Centre near Norwich on April 16, when shareholders will have an opportunity to meet Simon, who starts on May 1.

Pictured above is new Archant chairman Simon Bax.

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