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KCOM Group PLC (KCOM.L) Update on Board Structure

KCOM Group announces its intention to extend Bill Halbert’s role as Executive Chairman through to the Company’s 2012 AGM.

KCOM Group announces, following the successful completion of the Group’s transformation programme, its intention to extend Bill Halbert’s role as Executive Chairman through to the Company’s 2012 AGM.

This will enable him to continue to oversee the transition into the early stages of the Group’s growth plans. At that point, the aim would be to separate the two roles.

The Group announces also the resignation today of Paul Renucci, Group Executive Director responsible for its Kcom brand. The Board thanks him for having overseen the transformation of the management and operation of that brand. Paul Simpson, Chief Financial Officer, having recently completed the successful re-financing of the Group, takes over responsibility for Kcom with immediate effect, while continuing to retain his Group Finance responsibilities. 

KCOM Group continues to trade in line with expectations and releases its next trading update on 28 January 2011.


KCOM Group PLC is a leading provider of communications services to organisations and consumers, serving customers through four market focused brands.

KC provides a range of telephony and broadband services to consumers and businesses in Hull and East Yorkshire. Our other three brands serve organisations throughout the UK. Eclipse provides communications services to small and medium businesses across the UK, connecting them to customers, partners and suppliers and improving their productivity and flexibility, and helping them to grow. Kcom works with some of the UK’s biggest names, delivering communications services that enable them to be flexible, efficient and more responsive to their customers. Smart421 delivers high-end consultancy, integration and management of business-critical systems for enterprise customers.

We apply the collective knowledge and expertise of our people and our partners to help our customers harness the power of communications. Our focus is on the delivery of inspiring customer experiences, and finding new and better ways to connect people.

For further information please contact:

Bill Halbert, Executive Chairman

Paul Simpson, CFO (PA: Janet Blackburn)
Tel: 01924 882801

Cathy Phillips, Investor Relations
Tel: 07778 335735 

Jon Coles/Daniel Thole
Tel: 020 7404 5959