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BRC names Richard Baker as new chairman

The British Retail Consortium has confirmed that Whitbread and DFS chairman Richard Baker will take the reins as chair of the retail industry trade association in the autumn.

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BRC names Richard Baker as new chairman

Already on the BRC board, Baker will start his term of office on 1 September when Sir Charlie Mayfield stands down after a two-year term.

Baker is chairman of sofa retailer DFS, a longstanding member of the BRC, and of Costa owner Whitbread, which is also a member. He also holds a number board and advisory roles with international companies including Aimia, the owner Nectar Card, and Advent International.

He was previously chief executive of Boots Group from 2003 to 2007 and prior to that was chief operating officer at Asda Group.

BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson said: “Richard’s CV speaks for itself. His wealth and breadth of experience will be critical as we take the BRC forward through a period of profound political and economic change.

“At the same time, we owe a very large debt of gratitude to Charlie for his guidance, insight and support as our chair, during which time the BRC has undergone yet further transformation.”

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