Directorate Change


LONDON, UK, 18 July 2013 – Optos plc (LSE: OPTS), the leading medical retinal imaging company, today announces that Louisa Burdett has decided to step down from her role as Chief Financial Officer. Robert Kennedy, currently Group Director of Finance and Company Secretary, will become interim CFO with immediate effect. Louisa will remain with the business until the end of September to facilitate an orderly handover of responsibilities.

Optos plc also makes a separate announcement today about its Interim Management Statement for the period from 1st October 2012 to today.

Robert Kennedy joined Optos in August 2011 from the University of Dundee where he had been the Director of Finance since 2007. Prior to this, he held a number of senior finance roles including six years with Gamma Holding NV, a Dutch listed company, the last three as Group Finance Director of the Filtration Division. He also spent three years working at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a management consultant. Before joining PwC, Robert spent six years with BICC / Balfour Beatty plc in a number of finance roles. Robert has an Economics degree from the University of Sheffield and a MBA from the University of Manchester. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Peter Fellner, Chairman, commented: "The Board and I thank Louisa for her contribution to Optos and wish her well in the future. Louisa will undertake an orderly succession plan and will continue to work closely with Robert to ensure that the transition is well managed. We are pleased that we have in Robert Kennedy an experienced finance director to act as interim CFO who knows Optos extremely well."

There is no further information required to be disclosed pursuant to LR 9.6.13.


Optos plc

Roy Davis, CEO

Rob Kennedy, interim CFO

Tel: 01383 843 300

FTI Consulting

Ben Atwell / Simon Conway / Mo Noonan

Tel: 020 7831 3113