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Kingfisher hires Bernard Bot as chief financial officer

Kingfisher, the owner of B&Q and Screwfix, has hired Bernard Bot as its chief financial officer. Due to join the business on 21 October, Bot will… View Article

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Kingfisher hires Bernard Bot as chief financial officer

Kingfisher, the owner of B&Q and Screwfix, has hired Bernard Bot as its chief financial officer.

Due to join the business on 21 October, Bot will be appointed to the board of directors on the same date and will become a member of the group executive team.

Bot previously held the same position at Travelport Worldwide, the global technology platform for the travel industry. During his time there, he was responsible for finance, strategy, transformation and investor relations and helped to reposition the company from a traditional travel content distributor to a digital-led commerce platform.

Prior to that, he was chief financial officer at Aer Lingus where he led the finance, IT and procurement functions. His previous roles also include stints at TNT Express and McKinsey & Company.

Thierry Garnier, chief executive of Kingfisher, said: “Bernard is a highly experienced CFO whose credentials and track record are ideally suited to Kingfisher.

“He played a central role in the successful transformations at both TNT and Travelport, where he also gained a deep knowledge of technology and digital services, and he has a career-long understanding of logistics and supply chain optimisation.

“His career at international businesses has also given him strong capital markets expertise as the group CFO of companies listed in the US, UK, Ireland and the Netherlands. We look forward to him getting started later this month.”

Kingfisher has also announced that John Wartig, who joined the business as interim chief financial officer in April, has been appointed to the newly created role of chief transformation and development officer. He will remain a part of the group executive team and will have direct responsibility for transformation, IT, business development and property.

Wartig will also take up his position on 21 October and will report to Garnier.

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