Alliance Pharma plc announced the appointment of Eva-Lotta Sjöstedt and Richard McKenzie as new independent Non-Executive Directors to strengthen the Board and support the delivery of the Company's growth strategy. Both Eva-Lotta and Richard will join the Board with immediate effect. Eva-Lotta has in-depth knowledge of global consumer retail, supply chain and digital transformation and has held leadership roles in consumer-facing industries across Europe, Japan, China and the USA.

From 2016 to 2018, Eva-Lotta was CEO of Georg Jensen, the luxury jewellery and Scandinavian design brand, where she led a global team of 1,400 to implement an omni-channel turnaround in retail networks. Prior to this Eva-Lotta was CEO at Karstadt, a chain of premium department stores in Germany with a strong e-commerce presence. She started her career at IKEA, establishing the business in Japan where she worked for four years before becoming CEO of IKEA Netherlands and then Deputy Global Retail Manager.

In this role she was responsible for IKEA's global multi-channel strategy and the implementation of its on and offline experiences throughout the entire global value chain. Eva-Lotta is currently a NED at FTSE-250 listed Tritax Eurobox, which operates, manages and invests in real estate assets across Continental Europe. Eva-Lotta joined the Board of Tritax Eurobox in 2019 and she Chairs the ESG committee and sits on the Nomination and Management Engagement committees.

She is a member of the Board of ELISA Oyj, a digital services and telecommunications company listed on Nasdaq Helsinki, and is also a member of the Supervisory Board of Metro AG, a German wholesale food specialist operating in 35 countries. Richard has international e-commerce, distribution, supply chain and logistics experience in the consumer, retail and technology sectors, along with particular expertise in the Asia-Pacific region having lived and worked in mainland China for 10 years. From 2019 to 2023, Richard was Chief Commercial Officer and latterly President (Europe and Asia) for Ocado Solutions, driving the growth of this leading grocery e-commerce platform globally.

During his tenure at Ocado Solutions, Richard led major new deals with distributors in Korea, Japan, Spain and Poland, and redesigned the B2B organisation of the business. Prior to this Richard was a strategy consultant for OC&C in London and China, building the company's presence in Asia-Pacific, before becoming a Senior Partner for the Consumer Goods and Retail practice of Oliver Wyman in Asia Pacific. During this time, he built extensive experience of the retail consumer market in China, and Asia-Pacific more broadly.

Richard is currently a Senior Advisor to McKinsey and Company.