Kingfisher appoints Group E-Commerce Director

Kingfisher plc, the international home improvement company, today announces the appointment of Sue Harries as Group E-Commerce Director.

Sue joins from Screwfix, a Kingfisher Group company, where she has served for 15 years, most recently as Director of E-Commerce.

During her time at Screwfix, Sue was integral to the growth of its digital proposition. Online sales increased by 80% during her tenure as Director of E-Commerce and over a third of all Screwfix sales are now transacted online.

In this new role, a key part of Sue’s responsibilities will be to significantly drive ecommerce sales across the Group.

JJ Van Oosten, Chief Customer and Digital Officer at Kingfisher, said: “We are always especially proud to promote colleagues from within the business, so I’m delighted to announce Sue’s new role. She has played a key part in growing Screwfix’s digital channels, and now the full Group will benefit from her drive and expertise.

“Sue is a great example of how we nurture talent at Kingfisher, rising through the ranks at Screwfix supported by leadership programmes and secondment opportunities.”

Sue Harries, Group E-Commerce Director at Kingfisher, said: “Our customers love shopping in our stores and online, so providing a seamless experience across all of our digital channels is really important. We achieved this at Screwfix and I’m excited to build on this success in my new Group role.

“My priority is to create a diverse team with the right balance of skills and talent to drive our digital capabilities and ecommerce sales forward, together with our retail banners. I can’t wait to get started.”

Sue joined Screwfix as a Senior Commercial Finance Manager in 2005 and has completed the Kingfisher Advanced Leadership Programme, delivered in conjunction with the London Business School, as well as a retail secondment. Prior to Screwfix, she started her career as a qualified accountant and held senior finance roles at Peacocks & AXA.

Sue assumes the newly defined Kingfisher Group E-Commerce Director role as of 2 March 2020 and will be based at Kingfisher’s head office in Paddington.

Note to editors

Sue Harries key biographical details (roles at Screwfix):
2019 – Director of E-Commerce & Screwfix Ireland Trading Director
2016 – Director of E-Commerce
2013 – Senior Digital Marketing Manager
2011 – Senior E-Commerce Manager
2010 – Operational Finance Manager
2009 – UK Trade Finance Manager
2009 – Project team; Launch of Tradepoint into B & Q
2008 – 6 month retail secondment as Trade Counter Manager
2005 – Senior Commercial Finance Manager

About Kingfisher
Kingfisher plc is an international home improvement company with over 1,300 stores in 9 countries across Europe, Russia and Turkey, supported by a team of over 77,000 colleagues. We operate under retail brands including B&Q, Castorama, Brico Dépôt, Screwfix and Koçtaş. We offer home improvement products and services to nearly six million consumers and trade professionals who shop in our stores and through our digital channels every week.

We believe everyone should have a home they feel good about, so our purpose is to make home improvement accessible for everyone.

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