Director changes at Synchronica

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Following the offer for Synchronica by Myriad Group AG ("Myriad") being declared unconditional in all respects, Simon Wilkinson has been appointed Executive Chairman and James Bodha has been appointed Executive Director with immediate effect.

David Mason and Michael Jackson have resigned from the board with immediate effect.

Simon John Wilkinson, Executive Chairman (aged 46)

Simon Wilkinson has been Chief Executive Officer of Myriad since March 2009, following the acquisition of Purple Labs (where he held the same position) by Esmertec, creating Myriad.

Previously, he was CEO of Purple Labs SA from September 2007 to March 2009 and successfully drove that company's acquisition of the Openwave Systems mobile software business and the Sagem Mobile applications business. He was the Founder of Magic4 Ltd in March 2000 and served as its Chief Executive Officer. Magic4 became the global market leader in mobile messaging software before being sold to Openwave Systems in August 2004. Earlier in his career, he worked for Philips in senior international sales roles from January 1996 to February 2000, and then raised venture funding of USD 21 million from 3i, Philips & Motorola to found Magic4 from Philips.

Simon Wilkinson was personally recognised as an Ernst & Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the year 2002.

James Sanjay Bodha, Executive Director (aged 45)

James Bodha has served as Chief Financial Officer of Myriad since September 2009. He has over 13 years of senior financial management experience with a successful track record in managing business operations in a variety of publicly listed companies in the engineering, retail and technology sectors.

Prior to joining Myriad, James was CFO at Aircom International, market provider mobile network planning and optimisation, from May 2006 to July 2009. Before Aircom, he was CFO of the Global Mobile Handset Software Division of Openwave Systems, a NASDAQ-listed mobile software and services company based in San Francisco from August 2004 to April 2006. His arrival at Openwave followed its acquisition of Magic4, the global market leader in mobile messaging, where Mr. Bodha had been CFO from September 2003 to August 2004. Prior to joining Magic4, James Bodha was the Finance & Commercial Director at Anite Public Sector Ltd from January 2001 to June 2003, the Trading Finance Director for the UK Retail Division at Airtours Ltd from November 1999 to January 2001, and a Divisional Finance Director at Asda plc from May 1997 to November 1999.

James Bodha has a Bachelor of Science degree (Hons) in Chemistry from Owens University, Manchester, and is a qualified Chartered Accountant and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales (ICAEW).