ZOO Digital names Gillian Wilmot as Chairman

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London-listed ZOO Digital Group, which provides dubbing and subtitling services to the global entertainment industry, has appointed Gillian Wilmot to the Board as Chairman. 

The move, which takes affect from 1 July, will be welcomed by the entertainment industry, which is notoriously dominated by male leaders at the executive board level.

Wilmot, who will also chair the Remuneration Committee and act as a member of the Audit Committee, will replace Roger Jeynes who will step down from the Board on 1 July 2019 after serving a nine-year tenure.

Along with extensive board level leadership roles in both private and public company environments, Wilmot brings a wealth of relevant industry experience across B2B, technology, advertising and communication sectors. 

Value creation

Her skillset shows particular strengths in value creation, operational insight and corporate governance, for which she was recognised in the 2014 UK NED awards, the company said.

Wilmot’s executive career encompasses 30 years at leading companies including Marks & Spencer, Boots, Avon Cosmetics, Littlewoods and Royal Mail. 

Her Board level experience includes NED at Admiral plc; Chairman of ClearlySo, Europe's Leading Impact Investment Bank; Chairman of technology disruptor Jisp.com, working with the founder CEO since start-up; and Chairman of Senet Group, working with CEOs of quoted and private international businesses to transform responsible gambling across digital and retail; among other roles.

"We are delighted to be welcoming Gillian as Chairman of the Board”, said Stuart Green, Chief Executive at ZOO. 

Detailed search process

“Following a detailed search process, Gillian's relentless focus on business performance, growth and her track record of commercial business successes, coupled with excellent corporate governance skills, was central to the Board's selection decision. 

“We are confident that Gillian will be a valuable asset and counsel to the Group as we continue the execution of our growth strategy.

"On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Roger for his considerable service to the Group, during which time the Group transformed from a software licensing business to a disruptive, multi-offering, technology-led media services company. We wish him well in his future endeavours."

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