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Baillie Gifford appoints Chris van der Kuyl as non-exec director



The board of the Baillie Gifford US Growth Trust has appointed Chris van der Kuyl and Rachael Palmer as non-executive directors, with effect from 1 June.

Van der Kuyl is most notably co-founder and chairman of Scottish games developer 4J Studios, best known for developing Minecraft for Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo games consoles.

With fellow co-founder Paddy Burns, he launched Chroma Ventures, the investment arm of 4J Studios, earlier this year.

He is also chairman of Puny Astronaut, TVSquared, Broker Insights, Stormcloud Games and Parsley Box and sits on the boards of Blippar, Ace Aquatec, and ADV Holdings.

Alongside his commercial roles, van der Kuyl was the founding chairman of Entrepreneurial Scotland and is currently a member of multiple advisory and local charity boards.

Elected as one of the youngest Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2013, he has also been awarded honorary degrees from the University of Dundee, Abertay University, the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Strathclyde.

He has a beneficial interest of 6,178 ordinary shares of the company.

Palmer is a strategy, marketing and business development professional with experience working within the technology sector. Currently, she leads Google’s venture capital and start-up partnerships for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

Before Google, Palmer consulted to numerous startups and led marketing and business development efforts for EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year Program.

She has also held positions at American Express and Microsoft in various product, marketing and business development roles.

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The appointments are set to be ratified by shareholders at the Annual General Meeting to be held in September.

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