Ryman appoints new chief executive
Stationery and office supplies retailer Ryman has appointed Peter Birks as its new chief executive.
With 16 years of experience in delivering growth and maximising operational efficiencies within multichannel organisations, Birks was previously chief executive of Tuffnells and prior to that held leadership roles Office Depot and Staples.
In his new position, he will be responsible for growing the Ryman brand in key markets and channels and will focus on the digital side of the business in synergy with the store portfolio. The company said it will benefit immediately from his in-depth knowledge of retail, office supplies and the electronics sector.
Theo Paphitis, chairman and owner of Ryman, explained: “Peter brings a huge amount of energy, leadership skills and industry intel to Ryman and has a proven track record and digital focus. We are excited to welcome him on board and know he’ll make a big difference in further growing the brand and inspiring the team, from day one.”
Birks added: “I am thrilled to be joining the Ryman business which I have respected for many years. During these unprecedented times for retail, I look forward to working with the team to deliver the next exciting chapter for this fantastic brand.”
Due to join Ryman on 2 August, Birks will be based both in Crewe and London and will report to Kypros Kyprianou, group chief executive of Theo Paphitis Retail Group.
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