Kingfisher plc hosted a ‘Teach-in’ event for investors and analysts, in London, on Tuesday 5 July 2022.
The event focused on two of our ‘Powered by Kingfisher’ pillars: E-commerce & Technology and Responsible Business, with presentations by senior leaders and management from these areas of the business.
A replay of the webcast is available for viewing via the link below.
Please click on the link below to download the presentation slides from the event.
Please click on the link below to download the delegates' information pack containing a welcome letter from Kingfisher Investor Relations, the event agenda, biographies, details on selected products being showcased around the venue, our work with Hestia (a leading UK charity) and how the Teach-in event became a carbon neutral event.
We have been working on Responsible Business issues for over three decades, helping to pioneer new approaches, from the responsible sourcing of wood and paper, to innovative charitable partnerships and creating products for our customers that help them afford greener, healthier homes. On 5 July 2022, we are delighted to have published our 2021/22 Responsible Business Report which is available for download via the link below.
The Teach-in event is Carbon Neutral Plus and PAS 2060 certified. PAS 2060 is the internationally recognised standard for carbon neutrality. It sets out requirements for the quantification, reduction and offsetting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for organisations, products and events. The event was certified as Carbon Neutral Plus through offsetting a greater amount of carbon than the event generated.
To offset the emissions generated by our Teach-in event we invested in the Nicaforest High Impact Reforestation Programme in Nicaragua. This programme combines reforestation on degraded land for timber production, capture of carbon dioxide and protection of natural forests. The programme contributes to the creation of a sustainable value-chain by working closely with local landowners in a Shared Benefit Scheme. The programme plants teak, a tropical hardwood tree species and other valuable species for future timber production and added-value wood production as well as other measures aimed at increasing resilience in local municipalities.
The project protects the remaining patches of native vegetation and creates additional conservation areas on the banks of rivers and other watersheds. The forests offer a natural habitat for native animals and plants, protect and enrich the soil, save and filter water and contributes to the mitigation of the greenhouse effect.
|14:00||Introduction by Thierry Garnier, Kingfisher Group CEO|
E-commerce & Technology presentations (and Q&A)
|16:00||Responsible Business presentations (and Q&A)|
|17:30||Networking, food & drinks (outdoors, weather permitting)|
Chief Executive Officer
Joined Kingfisher: September 2019
Skills and experience: Thierry spent 20 years in senior roles at Carrefour, the French multi-national retailer. Before joining Kingfisher, he was a member of the Carrefour group executive committee and CEO of Carrefour Asia. From 2003 to 2008, Thierry was the managing director of Supermarkets for Carrefour France. Following his success in this role he became CEO of Carrefour International and a member of the group executive committee in 2008, where he became responsible for operations in Asia, Latin America and various European countries. In 2016, Thierry was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur (France).External appointments: Thierry is a non-executive director of Tesco plc and a member of its remuneration committee.
JJ Van Oosten
Chief Digital and Technology Officer
Joined Kingfisher: January 2020
Skills and experience: JJ has substantial expertise in leading digital transformations in consumer branded and retail companies. He joined Kingfisher from The LEGO Group, where as Chief Digital Officer he successfully led the company’s digital ambition to make e-commerce the largest part of the business. Prior to this he was a member of the Board of REWE Group and CEO of REWE Digital, where he oversaw all aspects of the digital agenda, including e-commerce operations, technology and digital marketing. REWE is now the largest grocery e-commerce player in Germany, with its fast home delivery and click & collect services fulfilled from either stores or automated fulfilment centres. JJ has also held similar leadership roles at companies including Tesco and Travis Perkins.External appointments: From 2014 to 2017, JJ was Chair of Commercetools, Zooroyal, and Kölner Weinkeller, as well as Non-Executive Director of toom Baumarkt and DER Touristik. JJ is also a business angel investor.
Product and Platform Director
Joined Kingfisher: June 2020
Skills and experience: Sienne joined in 2020 as Kingfisher’s first Product and Platform Director, leading the product team that powers omnichannel commerce across Kingfisher’s retail banners. Sienne has previously established and scaled product teams at John Lewis, M&S and Morrisons, and worked with global brands such as Samsung, Sony PlayStation and Coca-Cola to deliver innovative digital products and services. She has delivered a number of UK high street retail firsts, including the first transactional mobile website, the first smart TV application for fashion, and the first social and mobile gamified Facebook app for donating clothes.External appointments: Sienne held a non-executive director role at the UK-based Financial Ombudsman Service between August 2017-September 2020, and was a founding member of the Direct Marketing Association and Internet Advertising Board mobile councils.
B&Q Customer and Digital Director
Joined Kingfisher: April 2019Skills and experience: Paddy joined the B&Q management team as Customer and Digital Director in April 2019. Having worked in private equity and venture capital backed technology businesses, Paddy has significant experience of delivering digitally-driven top-line growth in fast-moving sectors. Before joining B&Q, Paddy was Chief Marketing Officer at House of Fraser and earlier spent four years as one of the founders and the Chief Customer Officer at Doddle, the logistics tech start-up. He previously held Fintech management roles with WorldPay and Travelex.
Joined Kingfisher: April 2021
Skills and experience: Marc has spent 15 years in senior international roles across multiple industries, including retail, marketplace, edtech, gaming and travel, delivering disruptive technology-based growth and building operational scalability. Before joining Kingfisher, he held positions from 2012 to 2021 as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Officer at Rakuten Europe (leading international tech and marketplace operator), Chief Operating Officer at Cdiscount.com (French e-commerce leader), and CEO at ABA English (English learning marketplace VC-backed start-up).External appointments: Marc acts as adviser and private investor in several start-ups and is part of the investment committee at Encomenda Smart Capital (venture capital).
Chief People Officer
Joined Kingfisher: March 2020
Skills and experience: Kate is a highly experienced professional with a breadth of retail and transformation skills, built on an international career in human resources. Kate joined Kingfisher from Costa Coffee, the coffeehouse chain owned by Coca-Cola, where she was Chief People Officer. Kate led Costa’s global people strategy, with a focus on building the right organisation and capabilities to drive change and support the business’ growth plans. Before this she also held senior HR roles at Diageo and Shell.
External appointments: Kate is a non-executive director of the British Retail Consortium.
Head of Planet and Responsible Business Reporting
Joined Kingfisher: September 2019
Skills and experience: Kathryn has over 10 years’ experience in sustainability, consulting, auditing and in-house positions, where she has worked with some of the world’s largest businesses to help them manage, track and report on their environmental and social impacts. Kathryn currently heads up a team of technical experts that oversee the ‘Planet’ pillar of Kingfisher’s Responsible Business strategy, responsible business reporting, and engagement with ESG indices and investors.
Climate Change Manager
Joined Kingfisher: December 2021
Skills and experience: Chris is an experienced adviser to business leaders on the risks and opportunities arising from the low-carbon transition and climate change. Before joining Kingfisher, he worked as a Principal Consultant for the sustainability consultancy, Avieco (part of Accenture). In this role he led the development of climate-related strategies and disclosures for multinational organisations across retail, energy, chemicals, manufacturing, logistics, media, finance, and professional services. Chris has also worked within academia, small business, and policy, having led the Scottish Government’s COP26 business engagement strategy and contributed to Scotland's first Energy Strategy and 2018-2032 Climate Change Plan.
Director of OEB Quality, Planning and Brand Management
Joined Kingfisher: January 2004
Skills and experience: Valéry joined Kingfisher in Hong Kong in 2004 from Carrefour Group where he was in charge of the Quality and Sustainability agendas for direct sourcing operations. He managed the Kingfisher Sourcing Office in Hong Kong for 8 years, before moving to Istanbul and Warsaw where he established and developed Kingfisher near-sourcing operations. Valéry moved to the UK in 2013 as Commercial Sourcing Director, leading the B&Q own exclusive brands, direct sourcing and quality programmes. Since 2019, he is responsible for brand development, planning, quality and sustainability within Kingfisher’s Offer & Sourcing team.