Kingfisher names new chief executive
B&Q owner Kingfisher has appointed Thierry Garnier as its new chief executive.
He will join the business in the autumn when he will take over from current chief executive, Véronique Laury.
Garnier has worked for the last 20 years with Carrefour. He is currently chief executive of Carrefour Asia where he is responsible for over 350 stores in China and Taiwan. From 2003 to 2008, he was managing director of supermarkets for Carrefour France. This was followed by a stint as international operations director for the company.
Kingfisher chairman Andy Cosslett said Garnier was chosen from a list of strong candidates.
He added: “In Thierry, we are convinced that we have found the right individual with the right skills to drive success from the platform that Véronique has established at Kingfisher.
“He is a highly talented international retailer and proven business leader, with a strong track record over many years at Carrefour. Throughout his career, he has led significant businesses through complex change programmes while operating in competitive and rapidly changing retail environments.”
The retailer announced in March that Laury was to leave the business.
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