Hal­fords hires ‘out­stand­ing’ boss Sta­ple­ton

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Business - Sam Dean By

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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