Current directorships: Appointed to the Board in June 2000 and as Group Chief Executive in January 2008. He is also Senior Independent Director of Whitbread plc, Chair of the Prince of Wales' Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change, and President of the Business Disability Forum. He was previously lead non-executive member on the Department for Work and Pensions Board and Chairman of the British Retail Consortium.
Expertise: Ian 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.