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JD Sports CEO Barry Bown steps down

Sportswear retailer JD Sports has confirmed that its chief executive Barry Bown has stepped down.

GENERAL MERCHANDISE

JD Sports CEO Barry Bown steps down

Sportswear retailer JD Sports has confirmed that its chief executive Barry Bown has stepped down.

In statement, the company said Bown had taken the decision to leave the business “after 30 years of significant contribution to the growth and development of the company”, although he will continue to offer support as a consultant. There are no immediate plans to replace him.

The company said: “With the leadership role of executive chairman having been in place since 2004, and the considerable development and strengthening of the company's senior leadership team over the past decade, there will be no immediate replacement of the role of chief executive officer.“

Peter Cowgill, executive chairman, added: "The board would like to thank Barry for his valued and considerable contribution to the growth and progress of the business. We look forward to his continued support as a consultant to the company."

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