Kingfisher makes new board appointments

Kingfisher, the owner of DIY chain B&Q, has announced that Euan Sutherland and Philippe Tible are to join its board as executive directors. The appointments will take effect on 1 October when Karen Witts, who was named as group finance director in July, joins the business and also takes a seat on the board.

Sutherland is Kingfisher’s group chief operating officer, having joined the company in 2008 as CEO of B&Q and Kingfisher UK. Tible is Kingfisher divisional CEO, Castorama and Brico Depot, responsible for the group’s businesses in France, Poland, Russia and Spain. He joined Kingfisher in 2003 as CEO of Castorama France.

Kingfisher said the appointments were part of a planned evolution of the Kingfisher board, following the announcement of the new senior management structure in February and the launch of the Creating the Leader plan in March.

Ian Cheshire, Kingfisher group CEO, said: “I am delighted to welcome Euan, Philippe and Karen to the Board. With Kevin O’Byrne (Kingfisher Divisional CEO, B&Q) already a board member, it was natural that Euan and Philippe should follow suit as we pursue the next phase of our development through the Creating the Leader programme.

“I am proud of the strength in depth of the management team here at Kingfisher and that we have been able to promote from within for these board positions. These changes mean that all five of Kingfisher’s group executive will now be on the main board. I look forward to working with Euan, Philippe and Karen and the rest of the senior management team on delivering the Group’s potential.”

Daniel Bernard, Kingfisher’s chairman, added: “We have a strong board, diverse in skills, age and gender, and with an excellent mix of experience gained at Ikea, Tesco, Apple and Carrefour. I’m sure that Euan, Philippe and Karen will add to these strengths and I look forward to working with them.”

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