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Boss of Canadian firm appointed to help lead Versarien

Experts and a global leader in all things graphene, Cheltenham-headquartered Versarien has appointed an expert in "business scale up" to its board.

Famously founded in the Forest of Dean nine years ago before catapulting itself to AIM-listed status just three years later, the business has named Susan Bowen as its latest non-executive director.

Ms Bowen, 45, is currently president and chief executive officer of Cogeco Peer 1, a Canadian headquartered company providing managed IT services.

The news comes as Verarien also reveals it has secured its first graphene order from an unnamed U.S-based company believed to be in the oil and gas sector.

According to Versarien Ms Bowen is "responsible for providing leadership and direction for the company globally, with a strong focus on helping customers scale their business".

Neill Ricketts, founder and ceo of Versarien, said: "We are delighted to welcome Susan Bowen to the Versarien board. She brings strong digital, commercial and people management skills gained from her current and previous transformational roles.

"In particular Susan has significant experience in business scale up and we look forward to utilising her skills and experience as Versarien progresses its graphene commercialisation strategy."

Ms Bowen is also a non-executive director of JISC, a membership organisation providing digital solutions for UK education and research and a member of the techUK membership, finance and performance board.

Prior to joining Cogeco Peer 1 in 2016, she spent 17 years at Hewlett Packard, latterly as chief of staff UK and Ireland and formerly as director of strategy in the UK and Ireland.

Susan Bowen holds no ordinary shares in the capital of the Company.

Versarien plc (AIM:VRS) describes itself as "an advanced engineering materials group. Leveraging proprietary technology, the Group creates innovative engineering solutions for its clients in a diverse range of industries. Versarien has six subsidiaries operating under two divisions".

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