Cookson Group PLC CKSN Directorate Change

  Cookson Group PLC (CKSN) - Directorate Change

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Cookson Group PLC
29 November 2012

29 November 2012

           Appointment of a Non-executive Director of Vesuvius plc


Cookson Group plc ("Cookson") announced on 1 November 2012 that it proposed to
demerge its  Performance  Materials division,  such  that Cookson  would  then 
consist principally  of  the  Engineered  Ceramics  division,  to  be  renamed 
Vesuvius plc ("Vesuvius").  These proposals  were approved by  the Court  and 
Cookson shareholders on  26 November  2012 and  the demerger  continues to  be 
expected to become effective on 19 December 2012.

Cookson announces today that Jane Hinkleyis to join the Board of Vesuvius plc
as  a  non-executive  Director  with  effect  from  3  December  2012.  It  is 
anticipated that Ms Hinkley  will take over from  John Sussens as Chairman  of 
the Remuneration Committee when Mr Sussens retires from the Board  immediately 
following the 2013 annual general meeting.

Ms  Hinkley  is  currently  a  non-executive  Director  and  Chairman  of  the 
Remuneration Committee of Premier Oil plc. She also serves as a non-executive
director of  Teekay GP  L.L.C.. This  is the  general partner  of Teekay  LNG 
Partners L.P. the international provider of marine transportation services for
Liquefied Natural  Gas ("LNG"),  LPG and  crude oil,  which is  a NYSE  listed 
partnership. She previously  held the position  of non-executive director  of 
Revus Energy ASA, a Norwegian exploration and production company.

Ms Hinkley spent a large part of her career working at Gotaas-Larsen  Shipping 
Corporation, the LNG shipping specialist which  was listed on both the  London 
Stock Exchange and NASDAQ. She served as CFO from 1988-1992, and as  Managing 
Director until 1997. In  1998 Ms Hinkley was  appointed Managing Director  of 
Navion Shipping  AS, a  company majority  owned by  Statoil, the  Oil and  Gas 
company, a position she held until 2001. Ms Hinkley is a qualified  chartered 

John McDonough, Chairman designate of Vesuvius, said:

"I look forward to welcoming Jane,  with her wealth of international  business 
experience as both a  senior executive and also  a non-executive director,  to 
the Vesuvius Board."

No other disclosure obligations arise under paragraphs (1) to (6) of LR 9.6.13
R of the UK Listing Authority's Listing Rules in respect of this appointment.


For further information please contact:

Shareholder/Analyst Enquiries:                                    
Vesuvius plc +44 (0)20
                                                                  7822 0000
François Wanecq, CEO-designate

Chris O'Shea, CFO-designate

Maddy Cox-Smith, IR Manager

Media Enquiries:                                                  
Ian Payne                                                         +44 (0)20
                                                                  3128 8100
MHP Communications

About Vesuvius plc:

Vesuvius will comprise the former Engineered Ceramics and Precious Metals
Processing divisions of Cookson.

The Engineered Ceramics division is a global leader in metal flow engineering,
developing, manufacturing and marketing mission critical advanced ceramic
consumable products and systems to demanding applications, primarily in the
global steel and foundry industries and in industries that require refractory
materials for high temperature, abrasion resistant and corrosion resistant
applications such as the aluminium, cement, glass and solar industries. The
Precious Metals Processing division supplies fabricated precious metals
(primarily gold, silver, platinum and palladium) to the jewellery industry in
Europe and has significant precious metals recycling operations.

Vesuvius will be organised into three business segments:

• Steel, comprising the Engineered Ceramics division's Steel Flow Control and
Advanced Refractories


• Foundry, comprising the Engineered Ceramics division's Foundry Technologies
and Fused Silica

businesses; and

• Precious Metals Processing.

Vesuvius had revenue of £2,012 million and a trading profit of £190.6 million
in the year ended 31 December 2011. As at 30 June 2012, Vesuvius had
approximately 12,100 employees.

Vesuvius' Board will comprise:

John McDonough CBE   Chairman

François Wanecq  Chief Executive

Chris O'Shea  Finance Director

Christer Gardell  Non-Executive Director

Jeff Hewitt  Non-Executive Director

Jane Hinkley Non-Executive Director

Jan Oosterveld Non-Executive Director*

John Sussens  Non-Executive Director*

*John Sussens will retire as a Vesuvius Director immediately following
Vesuvius' 2013 annual general meeting. Jan Oosterveld also intends to retire
as a Vesuvius Director immediately following Vesuvius' 2013 annual general
meeting, subject to the appointment of his successor.

                     This information is provided by RNS
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