Town name three new directors

IPSWICH Town have announced the names of three directors who will join new-look board if Marcus Evans becomes the majority shareholder of Ipswich Town at the shareholders' emergency general meeting on Monday.

By Elvin King

IPSWICH Town have announced the names of three directors who will join the new-look board if Marcus Evans becomes the majority shareholder of Ipswich Town at the shareholders' emergency general meeting on Monday.

Martin Pitcher, Ian Milne and Jonathan Symonds from the Marcus Evans group will join Sheepshanks, chief executive Derek Bowden and non-executive director Kevin Beeston on the football board.

Pitcher (40) will also be on the plc board made up of existing directors. He qualified as a chartered accountant at Price Waterhouse in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and joined the Marcus Evans Group three years ago and is director of corporate development, responsible for new business start-ups and acquisitions.

Milne (55) is a qualified solicitor. He gained wide international commercial legal experience with Diageo and then at Revlon International prior to joining the Marcus Evans Group as group general counsel in 2000.

Jonathan Symonds (37) has been chief information officer of the Marcus Evans Group since 1996, responsible for the strategy and delivery of IT solutions globally for the group. After graduating with a degree in business information systems he held roles in IT management at Apple Computers, Bacon & Woodrow and Global Communications.

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Sheepshanks said: “The existing directors will remain as shareholder representatives as directors of Ipswich Town plc, which will in future hold 12.5 per cent of the shares of the club.

“Importantly, they will continue to be ambassadors for the club and they will be invited to attend club board meetings, helping to provide further continuity.

“The Football Club board will look rather different though and will effectively become more of a management board.”

The EGM takes place at the Ipswich Corn Exchange, with doors open at 6.30pm and the meeting getting underway at 7.30pm.

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