BME appoints Jos Dijsselhof as new Chairman

Maria Nikolova

Jos Dijsselhof, CEO of SIX Group, was named non-executive Chairman of BME.

BME today held its Extraordinary General Meeting in Madrid, during which all agenda items were approved. In addition, the Board of Directors of BME appointed Jos Dijsselhof, CEO of SIX Group, as non-executive Chairman of the company, and David Jiménez-Blanco, former Lead Independent Director, as non-executive Deputy Chairman.

Jos Dijsselhof

The Board of Directors made these appointments after the Extraordinary General Meeting ratified its new composition, comprising the following members: Jos Dijsselhof, CEO SIX; Daniel Schmucki, CFO SIX and Marion Leslie, Head of the Financial Information business unit of SIX Group, respectively; Javier Hernani, CEO of BME; David Jiménez-Blanco, non-executive Deputy Chairman and Independent Director, and Belén Romana, as Independent Director.

The outgoing directors are Antonio Zoido, María Helena dos Santos, Ana Isabel Fernández, Joan Hortalá, Isabel Martín and Juan Carlos Ureta. Following these changes, the Board is made up of six directors.

The new Board also adopted the initial agreements necessary for the appointment of David Jiménez-Blanco as non-executive Chairman of the Madrid Stock Exchange, Eduardo Ansaldo, currently Director-General Manager of the Barcelona Stock Exchange, as executive Chairman of the Barcelona Stock Exchange, and Jorge Yzaguirre, Director of BME Markets and Market Data, as Chairman of Sociedad de Bolsas. Manuel Ardanza and Vicente Olmos will continue in their positions as Chairmen of the Bilbao and Valencia Stock Exchanges, respectively.

Ana Isabel Fernández, former BME Director, Marta Bartolomé, Chief Financial Officer, BME and Beatriz Alonso-Majagranzas, Director of Equities, BME, join the Madrid Stock Exchange as directors.

The appointments to Governing companies integrated into BME will need the required authorisations from the Spanish stock market supervisor, CNMV.

In June, the regulator reported that the takeover bid launched by SIX Group for 100% of BME’s share capital had had a positive result, with acceptances reaching 93.16% of the stock capital. A total of 77,899,990 shares have been tendered at a price of 32.98 euros, representing a total of EUR 2,569 million or CHF 2,748 million.

The combination of BME and SIX is set to create a more diversified group with a strong presence across Europe, SIX believes that this transaction will strengthen both the Spanish and Swiss ecosystems bringing new capabilities to BME and SIX participants and attracting new global capital pools to Spain. Strategic use of financial information and data is increasingly important in market infrastructure, and this combination will produce an entity with the scale and flexibility to further invest in innovative solutions for its clients and partners.

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