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Travis Perkins CEO to step down

Wickes owner Travis Perkins has announced that John Carter will step down from the group’s board on 5 August and be succeeded as chief executive by Nick Roberts, who currently holds the same position at Atkins.

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Travis Perkins CEO to step down

Wickes owner Travis Perkins has announced that John Carter will step down from the group’s board on 5 August and be succeeded as chief executive by Nick Roberts, who currently holds the same position at Atkins.

Carter will remain with the business until the end of the year to ensure a smooth transition while Roberts will join the business as a chief executive designate on 1 July.

Stuart Chambers, chairman of Travis Perkins, said: "On behalf of the board I would like to thank John for his exceptional leadership which leaves Travis Perkins well placed to meet its customers' needs and to continue to deliver long term value growth for its shareholders and other stakeholders.

“He has led the group through periods of major change and demonstrated strong leadership during a period of significant investment and considerable market uncertainty.

“John will leave as his legacy a strong trade focused business of great integrity with well-established inclusive values and an accomplished management team which is well-placed to deliver the group's strategy.”

Carter joined Travis Perkins in 1978 as a management trainee and was appointed chief executive in January 2014.

Speaking of Roberts’ appointment, Chambers added: "Nick has the breadth of skills needed to grow the business and to build on the strategy outlined in December. He has deep experience of the construction, design and engineering industries; which coupled with his successes in the adoption of digital, will prove invaluable in driving the group's strategy into the future."

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