New Kingfisher CEO Thierry Garnier has completed his group executive team with three staff appointments. The human resources department will be headed in future by Kate Seljeflot as chief people officer. New group chief supply chain officer is Martin Lee, while Adela Smeu also joins the group executive team in her current role as CEO of Romania.
Kate Seljeflot joins from Costa Coffee, the coffeehouse chain owned by Coca-Cola, where she was also chief people officer and had been employed since September 2016. Before joining Costa, she spent 14 years at Diageo, most recently as global talent director. A British national who will be based at the head office in Paddington, Kate Seljeflot joins Kingfisher on 23 March. She has lived in France and is a strong French speaker.
Martin Lee, Kingfisher's new group chief supply chain officer, has been covering this role in an interim capacity since last summer. Martin has spent a total of 25 years at Kingfisher and was previously employed by the Dutch Maxeda DIY Group and Best Buy in the USA. Upon his return to Kingfisher in 2015, he led the supply chain at Screwfix and then B&Q. Martin will remain responsible in parallel for the B&Q supply chain.
Adela Smeu joined Kingfisher in 2015 as finance director for Brico Dépôt Romania. She was appointed CEO of Romania in 2017. Prior to joining Kingfisher Adela spent eight years at Obi in Romania, where she was director of finance and administration. She previously spent four years in finance roles at United Technologies in France and six years at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Romania.
"Building the right group executive team was one of my first priorities when I started in September," said Thierry Garnier, CEO of Kingfisher. "I am confident we now have a diverse team with a good mix of Kingfisher experience and other home improvement, retail and service industries, which will find the right balance between the group and local markets. We have much to do and I'm pleased that we now have a strong team in place."
Kingfisher's group executive team now consists of the following: Thierry Garnier, chief executive officer Graham Bell, CEO B&Q UK and Ireland Bernard Bot, chief financial officer Sebastien Krysiak, CEO Poland Martin Lee , chief supply chain officer John Mewett, CEO Screwfix Alain Rabec, CEO France Kate Seljeflot, chief people officer Adela Smeu, CEO Romania Henri Solère, chief offer and sourcing officer Jean-Jacques Van Oosten, chief customer and digital officer John Wartig, chief transformation and development officer
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