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Kingfisher appoints non-executive director

Kingfisher, the owner of B&Q and Screwfix, has appointed Rakhi Parekh as a non-executive director.

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Kingfisher appoints non-executive director

Kingfisher, the owner of B&Q and Screwfix, has appointed Rakhi Parekh as a non-executive director.

An experienced director in digital retailing, Parekh spent 11 years at Amazon.com in various roles from 2002 to 2014.

Most recently, she was director of UK media at Amazon where she was responsible for ranges such as books, music and DVDs. Other previous positions at Amazon include director of the UK hardlines category which includes home, garden and DIY product ranges.

Parekh is also a non-executive director of online property search firm Rightmove, shopping centre operator Intu, and the Be Heard digital marketing company.

Véronique Laury, Kingfisher chief executive, said: "Driving our digital capability is one of the three key pillars of Kingfisher's transformation announced today. Rakhi's extensive experience in digital and multichannel retailing will therefore be vital as we work to transform Kingfisher into a single, unified company where customer needs always come first."

Kingfisher has also announced that Janis Kong will step down from the board on 1 February 2016 after nine years as a non-executive director.

Daniel Bernard, chairman of Kingfisher, said: "I would also like to thank Janis for her nine years of distinguished service on the Kingfisher board. Her wise counsel has been greatly appreciated and I wish her well."

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