GBG has appointed Richard Longdon as its next chair.

Longdon, who spent 33 years with AVEVA Group – including 17 as CEO – will join the listed identity specialist’s board from 1st September. 

He currently serves as chairman of Causeway Technologies, Rovco, Murgitroyd and Ideagen.

At GBG he will replace David Rasche, who is stepping down from the board and retiring after 12 years as chair.

Rasche has overseen 15 acquisitions and helped the group’s market capitalisation grow from around £24 million to £1.2 billion today.

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“I am proud of what GBG has achieved during my time as chair, particularly the journey of significant growth which has seen GBG become the largest pure-play identity software solutions provider on the public markets,” said Rasche.

“It has been a privilege to spend 12 enjoyable and successful years with this great business, it is now time to hand on the baton of chair.”

Longdon added: “I am delighted to join GBG at an exciting time. It is clear that the business has the ambition and capabilities to execute on the attractive long-term growth opportunities in its markets. This is underpinned by the talent, passion and culture of the team. 

“I look forward to working with [CEO] Chris Clark, the executive team and the rest of the board to continue building on the success achieved to date.”