17 May 2017 - Spectris plc (‘Spectris’) (LSE: SXS), the productivity-enhancing instrumentation and controls company, today announces that Mark Williamson has been appointed to the Board as Non-executive Chairman with effect from the conclusion of the Spectris Annual General Meeting (‘AGM’) to be held on 26 May 2017.

As previously announced, Dr. John Hughes, Chairman, had advised his intention to retire from the Board as soon as a successor had been identified and therefore steps down from the Board with effect from the conclusion of the AGM. Resolution 6 set out in the AGM Notice, proposing John’s re-election, will therefore not be put to the Meeting.

Mark is currently chairman of Imperial Brands plc and senior independent director and chairman of the audit committee of National Grid plc. He was formerly senior independent director and chairman of the audit committee of Alent plc. Until 2012, Mark was chief financial officer of International Power plc and prior to that held senior financial positions at Simon Group plc. He is a qualified accountant.

Announcing the appointment, Russell King, Senior Independent Director of Spectris, said:

“I am delighted that Mark has agreed to join our Board as Chairman. His considerable business and financial expertise combined with his broad governance experience will further strengthen the Spectris Board.

“I should also like to take this opportunity to express the Board’s deep appreciation for the notable contribution made by John Hughes over the course of his 10 years’ service to Spectris, a period during which the Group has made significant strategic and financial progress.”

There are no further details to be disclosed in respect of Listing Rule 9.6.13.

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Spectris plc is a leading supplier of productivity-enhancing instrumentation and controls. The Company’s products and technologies help customers to improve product quality and performance, improve core manufacturing processes, reduce downtime and wastage and reduce time to market. Its global customer base spans a diverse range of end user markets. Spectris operates across four business segments which reflect the applications and industries it serves: Materials Analysis, Test and Measurement, In-line Instrumentation and Industrial Controls. Headquartered in Egham, Surrey, United Kingdom, the Company employs around 8,900 people with offices in more than 30 countries. For more information, visit www.spectris.com (http://www.spectris.com).