DWS names Paul Walker and Damian Sanders as directors

DWS names Paul Walker and Damian Sanders as directors

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Digital Wholesale Solutions (DWS) confirms the appointments of Paul Walker and Damian Sanders as independent non-executive directors.

The news follows DWS’ demerging from the Daisy Group in January 2021 which was supported by a strategic partnership with private equity firm Inflexion. The non-executive appointments complete the formation of the board of directors of the newly independent company and creates a strategic resource as the company plans its next stage of growth.

“I’m really excited to welcome Paul and Damian to the board of DWS,” said Terry O’Brien (pictured), CEO of DWS.

“I feel extremely privileged to have the counsel of such an experienced team as we drive the business and our platform and software strategy forwards.”

As the former chief executive at Sage Group between 1994 and 2010, Paul Walker served as one the longest standing CEO’s of a FTSE100 company. In his new role, Walker will leverage this experience as DWS develops its platform and software strategy.

In addition, to his new role Walker also serves as non-executive chairman of Halma Plc and non-executive chairman of Ashtead Group. He also served on the boards of Diageo and Mytravel, Experian and Sophos.

‘‘Terry and his team have built a strong business with an infectious energy and a fabulous culture,” said Walker.

“The market opportunity ahead is tremendous, and I am looking forward to helping guide the business to the success it deserves.’’

Sanders most recently served as senior audit partner at and a member of Deloitte’s North West Leadership Team. He is also FCA member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and brings extensive financial and commercial experience to DWS.

Over his 20-year career, he served as advisor and a corporate governance specialist to a number of FTSE Boards. In 2020, Damian was appointed as independent non-executive director for The Hut Group (THG Holdings Plc) and Cineworld Plc.

“The ambition and entrepreneurship of DWS is impressive and I aim to bring my experience to bear to help the team create the framework to underpin the continuation of its impressive growth trajectory,” said Sanders.

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