Simon Nixon takes on executive deputy chairman role

Simon Nixon founder and chief executive officer of price comparison group is to become executive deputy chairman of the group on February 25 2009.

Nixon will focus on the strategic innovation and development of the group.

He will be succeeded as chief executive officer by Peter Plumb, currently managing director of’s financial services business, who will be appointed to the board of the group as an executive director with effect from January 1 2009.

Plumb joined in November 2008 after working for the group as a consultant on international expansion and customer service projects. He is the former UK managing director of dunnhumby, the customer insights business.

The group is strengthening its board with two further executive director appointments. Graham Donoghue, the managing director of, will join the board as an executive director on February 25 2009.

David Osborne currently regional general manager UK at easyJet, will join the group as marketing director in March 2009 and will also join the board. His experience includes senior marketing roles at ING Direct and

The board will also look to appoint further Non Executive Directors in due course.

Gerald Corbett, chairman of the board of, says: ‘Since its flotation, has become a bigger and more complex Ggoup. With the entrepreneurial ‘super-growth’ phase over, the agenda for managing the business has changed. It is important now to improve what we have as well as to continue to grow the company. Over the last year we have put together a team of experienced professional managers to take the business forwards. Peter Plumb is a tried and tested general manager in international, marketing-intensive businesses. His role will be to lead the team.

Nixon says he has loved creating and building over the past nine years and intends to remain actively involved with the group for the foreseeable future.
He says his core skills are as an entrepreneur – creating and building start-ups and working in innovative product development.