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Dunelm names John Browett as chief executive designate

Dunelm has announced that John Browett will join the company as chief executive designate as part of a number of board changes designed to support the homeware retailer’s next phase of growth.


Dunelm names John Browett as chief executive designate

Due to take up his position on 1 July, Browett will become chief executive on 1 January 2016, following a six month induction period working with current chief executive Will Adderley who will then revert to his former position as deputy chairman.

Browett spent his early career at Tesco where his roles included strategy director, chief executive of, and group operations development director. In 2007, he was appointed chief executive at Dixons Retail and subsequent roles included senior vice president at Apple Retail and chief executive of the Monsoon fashion chain. 

Geoff Cooper, Dunelm chairman, said: "John brings an exceptional combination of business leadership together with outstanding retail skills across a breadth of sectors, from grocery to electricals and fashion. John also brings proven experience of applying technology in multichannel operations, which will help us accelerate our digital plans.

“As part of our succession planning work, he was identified as our preferred chief candidate some time ago and, somewhat unexpectedly, only recently became available.” 

As previously announced, Andy Harrison, a non-executive director since September 2014, will take over as chairman on 8 July following Cooper's retirement.

In addition, Lovefilm co-founder William Reeve will join the board on 1 July as a non-executive director. Reeve worked at Lovefilm in various leadership roles until 2008, and more recently has been involved with several e-commerce businesses including, Paddy Power Secret Escapes and Zoopla. He is currently co-chief executive of, the online grocery business.

Cooper continued: "I am also delighted that William Reeve has agreed to join our board as a non-executive director. We have long searched for someone who can operate at board level and who has both an entrepreneurial mind-set and deep digital experience. William fits these requirements perfectly.

“Will Adderley will remain actively involved in the business, allowing us to benefit from the combined skills of two of the best retailers of their generation.”

Dunelm also revealed that it is well advanced in appointing a successor to David Stead as chief finance officer and that current trading remains in line with the board’s expectations.        

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