Current directorships: Appointed to the Board in June 2000 and as Group Chief Executive in January 2008. He is the Senior Independent Director of Whitbread plc, lead Non-Executive Member on the Department for Work and Pensions Board, member of the Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change, and a Member of the Employers' Forum on Disability President's Group. He also chairs the Ecosystem Markets Task Force.
Expertise: He was previously Chief Executive, B&Q UK from June 2005. He was appointed Chief Executive International and Development in September 2002, Chief Executive of e-Kingfisher in May 2000 and was Group Director of Strategy & Development. Before joining Kingfisher he worked for a number of retail businesses including Sears plc where he was Group Commercial Director.
Sir Ian stepped down as Group Chief Executive on 8 December 2014 and was succeeded on that date by Veronique Laury.