lastminute.com Appoints Stephen Gleadle as CFO

lastminute.com is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen Gleadle as Chief Financial Officer and a director of the Company with effect from 29 April 2005.

ÊStephen, 46, joins lastminute.com from Synstar plc where he was Group Finance Director and Company Secretary.Ê At Synstar he improved the quality of financial decision making at all levels and oversaw the restructuring of the business, contributing significantly to its return to profitability and helping to rebuild City sentiment.Ê Before Synstar, Stephen was Group Financial Controller at Tarmac plc, having previously held a number of senior financial management positions with NFC plc and Mars Confectionery Ltd.

Stephen graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in Economics before training as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse.

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Brian Collie, Chairman of lastminute.com said: “I am delighted to welcome Stephen to the Board.Ê His experience of corporate change and strong financial leadership will be a great asset to Brent and his team as they continue to integrate the recently acquired businesses”

On his new appointment, Stephen Gleadle commented: “I am very pleased to have this opportunity to be a part of the fast growing and exciting travel and leisure industry and to work with the current management team to take lastminute.com through its next stage of development. I’m sure my experience of working within a dynamic technology company will prove invaluable.”

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There are no further details relating to the appointment of Stephen Gleadle that are required to be disclosed under paragraphs 6.F.2 (b) to (g) of the Listing Rules of the UK Listing Authority.

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