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Coats appoints Simon Boddie as chief financial officer

Simon BoddieCoats Group, a thread and textile business, announces that Simon Boddie is to become chief financial officer with effect from July 4, 2016.
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Mr. Boddie was previously Group Finance Director of Electrocomponents plc, the FTSE 250 industrial distribution business which operates in 32 countries worldwide, and is currently a Non-Executive Director at Michael Page International PLC, the FTSE 250 international specialist recruitment group.

Mr. Boddie has over thirty years of experience in finance.

He joined Electrocomponents as Group Finance Director in 2005 where he focused on international growth, e-commerce channel expansion, cost reduction, cash maximisation, financings and investor relations during a ten year career.

Prior to Electrocomponents, he worked for Diageo, the international drinks business, for thirteen years where he held a variety of senior finance positions. Latterly, he was Finance Director of Key Markets which comprised fifteen mid-sized country markets around the world.

Prior to that he was Finance Director for Global Supply and ran the integration of the beer and spirits supply operations to form a single global supply chain business.

Mr. Boddie started his career at Price Waterhouse, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He spent six years in the Corporate Finance Team of Hill Samuel Bank, working across a range of transactions, including M&A, IPOs and capital raisings.

Mr. Boddie has an MA in Economics from the University of Cambridge. Simon is also a Governor of Rupert House School, an independent preparatory school, in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.

He replaces former Chief Financial Officer, Richard Howes who left in April 2016 to become Chief Financial Officer of Inchcape plc.

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