Press release:
Andrew Bonfield is appointed a non-executive director of the Company and Phil Bentley to retire

11 February 2010

 

Kingfisher plc today announces that Andrew Bonfield is appointed a non-executive director of the Company. He also becomes a member of the audit committee. Phil Bentley, Managing Director of British Gas, will retire as a non-executive director of the Company in March after seven years on the Board. At this point, Mr Bonfield will succeed him as chairman of the audit committee.

Mr Bonfield, 47, has extensive experience of large international businesses. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Cadbury Plc and prior to that he held the same position at Bristol-Myers Squibb, BG Group plc and SmithKline Beecham Plc. He is a chartered accountant having qualified with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has also held several non-executive roles at UK and international public companies during his career, including BOC Group.

Commenting on the changes, Kingfisher’s Chairman, Daniel Bernard said: “On behalf of the Board I would like to thank Phil Bentley for his valuable contribution over the past seven years. We shall miss his humour, judgement and wise counsel. However, I am delighted that Andrew is joining the Board. He has tremendous international business experience and I am sure we will benefit from his expertise as we strengthen and grow our businesses around the world.”

Phil Bentley said: “After seven years on the Board, I know that, under the leadership of Daniel Bernard and Ian Cheshire, Kingfisher is in the best shape it's ever been.”

Andrew Bonfield said: “I am very pleased to be joining Kingfisher. It is an exciting international business, with strong retail brands and well-established market positions in Europe and Asia. It has a clear strategy for growth and I look forward to working with the rest of the Board on delivering value for shareholders.”

Mr Bonfield does not have an interest in shares in Kingfisher and there is no other information required to be disclosed under 9.6.13R of the Listing Rules.


Enquiries:
 

Ian Harding, Group Communications Director

020 7644 1029

Nigel Cope, Head of Communications

020 7644 1030

Sarah Gerrand, Head of Investor Relations

020 7644 1032

 
 

 

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