Liberty International appointment of new chairman (UK)

Liberty International PLC has announced the appointment of Sir Robert Finch as Chairman with effect from 1 July 2005.

Sir Robert Finch is the immediate past Lord Mayor of London, the most senior London partner and former head of the property department at leading City law firm, Linklaters. He was appointed to the Liberty International Board as a non-executive Director on 7 February 2005.

On taking up the chairmanship, Sir Robert will be retiring from his partnership at Linklaters and will be based at Liberty International's Head Office at 40 Broadway, London SW1.

Sir Donald Gordon, Chairman, commented: "We are delighted to announce that Sir Robert Finch has been appointed as Chairman. Sir Robert brings vast expertise and broad understanding of the property industry, its participants and the wider City of London. We look forward to Liberty International continuing its outstanding long term track record of growth under Sir Robert's chairmanship as it pursues its strategic objectives through its market-leading UK regional shopping centre business, Capital Shopping Centres,and its other retail and commercial property activities in the UK and USA through Capital & Counties."

Sir Donald is retiring as Chairman at the end of June 2005 but will be continuing his association with the company, in which his family has a substantial 22 per cent shareholding, as an adviser to the Board and in the capacity of President for Life.

Source: Liberty International

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