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Darktrace plc ("Darktrace") today announces that Vanessa Colomar has decided to step down as a Non-Executive Director of Darktrace with effect from 7 December, 2022. Patrick Jacob has been nominated by the Invoke shareholders and appointed as a Non-Executive director to replace Vanessa, with effect from 7 December, 2022, in accordance with the terms of the Invoke shareholder agreement dated 30 April, 2021 described in the Darktrace IPO prospectus.
Patrick Jacob is a director of Anthem Corporate Finance Limited, an independent, privately-owned financial services firm that provides financial advisory, M&A and strategic advisory services to companies worldwide which he co-founded in 2002. Prior to that Patrick spent over 15 years at Dresdner Kleinwort ultimately as Co-head and then Chair of Global Debt Origination.
Gordon Hurst, Chair, commented, "Over the last seven years, Vanessa has provided valuable counsel to Darktrace as it has journeyed from private company, through to its successful IPO in 2021, and as the public company it is today. We wish Vanessa well in her future endeavours. Patrick brings a long history of advising companies and their boards in directly relevant industry sectors and we look forward to him joining the Darktrace Board."
Vanessa Colomar said: "Over the last seven years I have witnessed the transformation of a ground-breaking idea into a globally successful FTSE250 company. What started as a small, dynamic company has delivered pioneering technology and extraordinary growth to become a leader in the UK technology sector, creating thousands of jobs and helping its customers to become more resilient in the face of growing and more complex cyber threats."
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