Halfords hires ‘outstanding’ boss Stapleton
HALFORDS has appointed the boss of Dixons Carphone’s software business as its new chief executive.
Graham Stapleton has been hired to replace Jill McDonald, who announced earlier this year that she will be taking the reins at Marks & Spencer’s clothing, home and beauty business from next month.
Mr Stapleton, who joins the company in January, has previously served as chief executive of Dixons Carphone’s Connect World Services division. Prior to that he was chief executive of Carphone Warehouse UK & Ireland.
Earlier in his career he held senior positions at Kingfisher and Marks & Spencer.
“Graham is an outstanding business leader with the retail, digital, services and category credentials that are an ideal fit for his role as CEO of Halfords,” said Dennis Millard, Halfords’ chairman. Mr Stapleton said: “Halfords is a business with a 125-year heritage and a market leading brand that strongly resonates with me and the UK public, and I am delighted to be joining the company.” Jonny Mason, chief financial officer, will serve as interim chief executive at Halfords until Mr Stapleton’s arrival in the new year.
The company said Mr Stapleton will be paid an annual basic salary of £535,000 and a pension contribution of 15pc of basic salary.
Earlier this month, Halfords said summer sales had been bolstered by a rise in the number of Brits choosing to holiday closer to home.
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