30 May 2014
In the 18 years since it opened its first depots, Howdens Joinery has grown to become the leading supplier of kitchens in the UK, with over 550 depots and turnover approaching £1bn, its success being based on the consistent execution of a unique business model.
As the economy recovers, and with significant opportunities to continue to grow the business profitably, the Group has been undertaking a review of its organisation structure and capabilities.
As a result of this review, which included input from independent, external advisors, the Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Robson as Deputy Chief Executive with immediate effect. Mark will now be responsible for the day-to-day management of the business in addition to keeping his role as Chief Financial Officer. He will be supported by Rob Fenwick, who spearheaded the reconstruction of Howdens supply operations from 2005 and continues to lead the supply division, and Andy Witts, a co-founder of the business and leader of the depot management team.
Theresa Keating, currently Group Financial Controller and a member of the Executive Committee, will take on additional responsibilities in the finance area and is appointed Finance Director, which is not a Board position.
Caroline Bishop, Company Secretary and COO: Product Commerciality, Communications and Governance, will leave the business. Forbes McNaughton, currently Deputy Company Secretary, will take on the role of Company Secretary with immediate effect.
Matthew Ingle continues in his role as Chief Executive and will focus on the continued development and implementation of the successful Group strategy, ensuring that the culture and the values of the business continue to underpin the Group's success as it grows.
Commenting on these appointments, Will Samuel, Chairman, said:
"Howdens is a very successful company, and much of its success is due to its management culture and business model. As part of the continuing development of the company we are putting in place these changes to enable its further growth and development and to ensure its ongoing success."
Matthew Ingle, CEO, said:
"We are very fortunate to have such a talented group of people throughout the organisation. Following the review I am delighted that Mark Robson is appointed Deputy Chief Executive. Mark has been at Howdens for just over nine years as CFO and has a deep understanding of the business both operationally and financially. He will be supported by an extremely experienced team led by Rob Fenwick, who has been in charge of our supply chain for nearly ten years, and by Andy Witts, a key figure in the development of Howdens since the very beginning.
"Theresa Keating has been with the Group for more than 14 years and became Group Financial Controller in 2007. During her time with the Group she has ably demonstrated her considerable financial skills.
"We would like to thank Caroline Bishop for her valuable contribution, both as Company Secretary and more broadly as our business has grown.
"Mark and I are looking forward to leading the next phase in the development of Howdens."
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Notes to Editors
Mark Robson joined the Board in April 2005 as Chief Financial Officer, having spent the previous six years as Group Finance Director at Delta plc. He previously held senior financial positions with ICI between 1985 and 1998, having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse.
Theresa Keating joined the Group Finance team in 2000, having previously held various commercial finance roles at Waterstones, HMV and Heals. She was promoted to Group Financial Controller in 2007.
Rob Fenwick, COO: Howden Joinery Supply Division, joined the Group in January 2001. Since October 2005, he has been responsible for transforming the supply division from a vertically integrated operation to a commercial organisation. Prior to joining the Group, Rob worked in the automotive, FMCG and other industry sectors.
Andy Witts, COO: Howden Joinery Trade Division, was one of the founding members of the Howden Joinery depot management team, joining from Magnet in 1995. Andy was promoted from the regional team to become Sales Director in January 2007.