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Accurate Equity Launches UK Office in London and Announces Strategic New Hires

"Out of intense complexities intense simplicities emerge" – Winston Churchill

AUGUST 31 2012 –– As a leading service provider of equity compensation services in Northern-Europe, we at Accurate Equity felt that the simplest way for us to help even more companies navigate the complexities of equity compensation, is to physically establish ourselves more centrally within Europe, where London is the natural choice. Therefore we are proud to announce the opening of Accurate Equity’s new London offices at 35 New Broad Street, London on October 1, 2012. As part of our continuing global expansion, in response to a growing demand for our tailored equity compensation solutions, we are excited to launch our new operations to provide services to the UK and BENELUX markets via our strategically located hub in the City of London.

To launch our new operations Accurate Equity has assembled a team of seasoned industry professionals to pioneer our advancement into the UK & BENELUX markets. We are delighted to confirm the newest members of the global Accurate Equity team: Stuart Bailey, UK Managing Director; Mike Baker, Director of UK Business Development; David Lee, Director of Client Implementation; and Sophie Altaf, Senior Manager of Global Marketing & Business Development. Further members of the UK team will be announced in due course.

Arne Peder Blix, President and CEO of Accurate Equity, is excited to have such an experienced team to lead the UK launch; “As with all momentous missions, to have the best key components is essential. It is therefore a pleasure to be able to announce such a strong line-up for our new venture and a welcome addition to our existing team of expert professionals.

Accurate Equity is growing at a phenomenal rate to meet growing industry demands and we continue to ensure we have the best team with the right knowledge, attitude, experience, skill and network on board. Our UK operations will allow us to reach even more companies who are looking for unique cutting-edge solutions to maximise efficiency and accuracy of their equity compensation plans. We continue to see a tremendous opportunity for growth within our niche and look forward to sharing more good news in the near future”.

Our UK team:
Stuart Bailey will be joining Accurate Equity as Managing Director of UK operations in October 2012, where he will manage the local team and strategic partnerships. Stuart is a strategic business manager with a wide range of experience in developing new business and providing excellent service to corporate clients. He has extensive experience in the share plan market, with a 30-year career spanning across a range of roles in high profile companies including Abbey where he specialised in employee share plans, the Financial Service Authority and most recently Stuart heading the national partnerships team at the Money Advice Service.

Mike Baker will be joining Accurate Equity as Director of UK Business Development in October 2012, where he will manage core industry relationships and grow the business in the local regions. Mike has over 20 years’ experience in the employee share plans and the UK share registration industries, gained through working with an extensive range of companies, from small private businesses to large multinational blue chip clients. He has assisted in the implementation and on-going management of an array of share plan types and UK share registers. In recent years, Mike has been responsible for establishing market leading industry seminars and networking forums for both company secretaries and share plan professionals.

Sophie Altaf will be joining Accurate Equity as a permanent UK team member in the role of Senior Manager of Global Marketing & Business Development, from her previous consultancy role. Sophie is an accomplished Marketing Manager with 7 years of experience in the Equity Compensation industry. She has proactively worked with various Industry Organisations and Issuer Companies to enhance client relations and maximise business potential through developing and executing tailored marketing & branding strategies and producing effective communication campaigns. Prior to working with Accurate Equity, Sophie worked in London as Head of European Marketing for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, where she managed their Marketing Strategy, Communications and Event Management.

David Lee will be supporting the UK operations from his existing role as Director of Client Implementations based in Barcelona, Spain. David has been part of the equity compensation industry since 1997 and has worked with leading global banking institutions in both the US and Europe. In that time he covered a wide spectrum of activities in stock plan administration including system development, project management, client on-boarding and relationship management. His background includes working with business partners and tax advisors to deliver innovative solutions to meet client needs through technology, reporting or business process and control solutions.

Accurate Equity, Martin Linges vei 25, 1364 Fornebu, Norway • Ph.: +47 67 53 29 40 984 787 111 

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