Annual General Meeting and appointment of non-executive Director

11 Jul 2007

 

At the Annual General Meeting of 3i Group plc at 10:30am this morning, Baroness Hogg, Chairman of 3i, commented that:

"Through our sixty years in business we have a strong record of engagement with a wide range of interested parties. We constantly aim to improve the transparency of our business and in our annual report have increased disclosure on our most significant investments; our key performance indicators; our approach to corporate social responsibility; the way in which carried interest works; and a number of other areas. We are delighted that this has been recognised."

The Annual General Meeting will be followed by an Extraordinary General Meeting where a resolution will be put to shareholders relating to the proposed £807 million return of capital.

3i Group plc also announced that it had decided today to appoint Mr Willem Mesdag as a non-executive Director of the Company with effect from this afternoon.

Willem Mesdag is currently the Managing Partner of Red Mountain Capital Partners LLC. He was until 2001 a Partner and Managing Director of Goldman, Sachs & Co., having worked in the USA, the UK and Germany and having co-founded Goldman Sachs Capital Markets Group in 1982, its Asset Securitization Group in 1986 and its European Financial Institutions Group in 1989.

Baroness Hogg, Chairman, said:

"Will brings a wide and highly relevant range of experience to 3i as it internationalises its business. We are delighted that he has agreed to join the Board."

In relation to Willem Mesdag's appointment, there are no other matters to disclose in accordance with paragraph 9.6.13R of the FSA's Listing Rules.

For further information, please contact:

3i Group plc
Patrick Dunne, Group Communications Director -  020 7975 3283

Maitland Consultancy
Philip Gawith -  020 7379 5151

Notes to editors 
3i is a world leader in private equity and venture capital. We focus on Buyouts, Growth Capital, Venture Capital, Infrastructure and private equity for quoted companies and invest across Europe, Asia and the US. Our competitive advantage comes from our international network and the strength and breadth of our relationships in business. These underpin the value that we deliver to our portfolio and to our shareholders.