Wickes appoints ex-Asda COO as managing director
Simon King, AsdaÂ’s former chief operations officer, is to join the Travis Perkins Group as managing director of Wickes, the DIY retailer.
King joined Asda in January this year following Andy Clarke’s promotion to chief executive. However, he left the supermarket giant in June after just six months in the role saying that his time at Asda "didn't work out".
His appointment forms part of a series of management changes, the majority being promotions, at Wickes' parent company Travis Perkins to support changes to it divisional structure.
The new structure, reporting through Travis Perkins chief operating officer John Carter, will be effective from 1 January 2012 and will include the promotion of Norman Bell to a new role of group development director.
Commenting on the appointments, Geoff Cooper, CEO of Travis Perkins, said: "These moves represent a significant strengthening of the capabilities of our outstanding team of senior executives.
"The fresh talent we have been able to attract to our Group is also a testament to the success we have achieved against a backdrop of challenging economic conditions. I am sure these top executives will continue to make important contributions to our continued growth."
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