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Home Retail Group Plc
16 January 2014
16 January 2014
Home Retail Group plc
Appointment of new Chief Executive
Home Retail Group plc today announces the appointment of John Walden as its new Chief Executive. Following a period of handover from Terry Duddy, John will join the Board as Chief Executive with effect from 14 March 2014.
John Coombe, Chairman said:
"As the result of a thorough search process, I am delighted to announce the appointment of John Walden as the next Chief Executive of Home Retail Group plc. John joined the Group in February 2012, since which time he has done an excellent job as Managing Director for Argos. I look forward to working with John in his new role.
"I would also like to extend the Group's thanks to Terry for his long serving commitment. His contribution during his time with the Group has been significant, including driving the development of the Group, providing clear leadership through challenging times and pioneering changes in retail that position the business ready for a digital future. Terry leaves with our very best wishes for his continued success in the future."
John Walden said:
"I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead the Group at such an exciting time. In Argos and Homebase we have two of the UK's best known retail brands, which have both shown good recent progress and have clear strategies in place to deliver growth. The retail landscape is changing quickly, and I am optimistic that with solid plans and 50,000 talented colleagues, Home Retail Group is well positioned for a successful future."
In accordance with the Listing Rules, Home Retail Group confirms that there are no matters relating to John Walden that would require disclosure under LR 9.6.13R (2) to LR 9.6.13R (6).
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