Xaar announces appointment of non-executive chairman

16/05/2007

Xaar plc, the inkjet printing technology group headquartered in Cambridge, is pleased to announce that Mr. Phil Lawler will be appointed as a non-executive director with effect from 1 June 2007. Following a handover period, Mr. Lawler will become non-executive Chairman of the company with effect from 1 July 2007.

Arie Rosenfeld will retire from the Board at that time, having been Chairman of Xaar since before the Company's IPO in October 1997. During his decade as Chairman, Xaar's revenues have increased tenfold.

Phil Lawler, aged 58, has extensive experience of high-technology industries, having spent 18 years until 2002 at Hewlett-Packard in various senior positions, most recently as Chairman and Managing Director of Hewlett-Packard, UK and Ireland. After leaving Hewlett-Packard, Mr. Lawler has been a director of a number of technology companies including several private companies where he has been introduced by venture capital investors. He is currently non-executive Chairman of EGS Ltd. and between 2003 and 2005 he was non-executive Chairman of Densitron Technologies plc.

Ian Dinwoodie, Chief Executive commented: "On behalf of the whole Board, I would like to thank Arie Rosenfeld for the leadership and wise counsel he has provided over the past decade during which he
contributed so much to Xaar's development into one of the world leaders in digital inkjet technologies.

"We are delighted to welcome Phil Lawler as our new Chairman. He brings a wealth of invaluable experience to Xaar gained in both large and small technology businesses where managing global growth has been critical."

Phil Lawler, Chairman designate said: "I am delighted to join Xaar at a time when inkjet is only just beginning to move into mainstream printing markets and many new potential markets are opening up. Xaar has a strong executive management team which, I am confident, will ensure that the Company benefits from these exciting opportunities."

 

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Contacts

Xaar plc:
Ian Dinwoodie, Chief Executive
Nigel Berry, Group Finance Director & Deputy
Chief Executive
01223-423663
www.xaar.co.uk



Bankside Consultants:
Steve Liebmann or Simon Bloomfield
020-7367-8883 / 07802-888159



Additional information:
Mr. Lawler was non-executive Chairman of Empower Interactive Group Ltd., a  private, highly leveraged, venture capital backed company. As this company was  unable to raise its latest round of finance, the board considered that it was no
longer a 'going concern' and took appropriate action, placing the company into Administration in November 2006.

Other than as stated above, there is no information concerning Philip James  Lawler which requires disclosure under Rule LR 9.6.13 of the UK Listing Authority Listing Rules.



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