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The Garden Centre Group makes two key executive appointments

The Garden Centre Group has made two new appointments within its executive team.

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The Garden Centre Group makes two key executive appointments

Dan Zinner will join the group as trading director on 14 October, assuming responsibility from Stephen Pitcher who is leaving the business to pursue new challenges. Reporting to chief executive Kevin Bradshaw, Zinner will lead all aspects of The Garden Centre Group's buying, pricing and supply decisions.

Meanwhile, Colin Hughes has been appointed as retail operations director with responsibility for leadership of regional garden centre teams overseeing service, standards and performance.

Zinner joins The Garden Centre Group from South African health and beauty retailer Clicks Group, where he was group head of business development and Clicks Retailers head of healthcare. Prior to Clicks, he spent a number of years at McKinsey & Company advising on strategic and transformational change across a range of consumer and retail industries.

Having worked as The Garden Centre Group’s interim retail operations director over the last six months, Hughes is now taking on the role on a permanent basis. Previously, Hughes held retail operations roles at Marks & Spencer, was director of operations at Pret a Manger and a board director at EAT. Whilst at EAT, Hughes oversaw the expansion in the UK retail estate to 117 shops.

Commenting on the appointments Bradshaw said: "I am very pleased to welcome Dan and Colin to our talented executive team. Dan is a highly experienced strategist and manager in the retail industry with an impressive track record for driving results. His knowledge of optimising supply chains will help further improve product range and availability at The Garden Centre Group. Colin has already hit the ground running during the past six months, providing strong leadership and direction to our regional teams. I look forward to Dan and Colin's expertise and skilled leadership as we drive toward meeting our growth targets for the group."

On the departure of Stephen Pitcher, Bradshaw added: "We thank Steve for all he has accomplished for the group, including delivering strong margins, reducing stock levels and building a team with deep knowledge of horticultural sourcing. We wish him the best as he leaves to pursue new challenges."

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