Written by Chris Lemmon
Dixons Carphone has announced the appointment of Alex Baldock as its new chief executive, joining the company in April 2018. Baldock currently works as group chief executive at Shop Direct, which owns online brands Littlewoods and Very. Baldock will replace Sebastian James, who will be joining Boots as senior vice president.
Ian Livingston, chairman of Dixons Carphone, commented: “The board and I are delighted to welcome Alex Baldock to the group. He has an outstanding track record in leading large, complex consumer-facing businesses. He's led Shop Direct through one of UK retail's fastest, most far-reaching and most successful digital transformations, delivering five consecutive years of record financial performance, with strongly rising sales and an almost tenfold increase in profits.”
Marks and Spencer has confirmed the appointment of Humphrey Singer to its board as chief finance officer. Humphrey has worked as group finance director at Dixons Carphone since 2014, and was previously group finance director of Dixons in 2011. His early career included finance roles at Cadbury Schweppes and Coca-Cola Enterprises UK.
Steve Rowe, chief executive of M&S, said: “As we embark on our five-year transformation programme, Humphrey will be a great addition to the top team. His experience as part of the team that led Dixons through its period of change and migration to multi-channel retailer is most relevant to what we are undertaking here. This, coupled with his retail expertise and eye for detail and cost, will be very important to our team dynamic as we move forward.”
Debenhams has named Richard Jones as its new trading director, due to join the company on 5 February. Jones previously worked as divisional director for clothing at Sainbury’s, and more recently held senior commercial and operational roles at Marks and Spencer, Tesco and Target.
Angela Morrison, Debenhams IT and supply chain director, said: “Richard joins Debenhams with excellent knowledge and credentials in both sourcing and product development. He will undoubtedly be a real asset as he leads Debenhams UK and international teams to improve our product offer as we continue to implement the Debenhams Redesigned strategy.”
Payments platform Adyen has announced the appointment of Colin Neil as senior vice president of business development in the UK. He will launch Adyen’s new office in Manchester, and joins with more than nine years’ experience at Burberry, where he helped to create a unified customer experience.
Myles Dawson, UK country manager for Adyen, commented: “In appointing Colin, Adyen has gained unparalleled expertise and insights to help retailers deliver the best possible experience and overcome the challenges of appealing to customers in-store, online, on mobile or however else they choose to engage. His expertise helping one of the world’s leading brands develop an industry-leading unified commerce experience will be invaluable for Adyen’s clients across the UK.”
Kevin Havelock, president of the Unilever global refreshments division, has been appointed as a non-executive director on the Morrisons board of directors. Havelock will take up his position on 1 February, and will form part of the firm’s audit, corporate compliance and responsibility, nomination and remuneration committees.
Chairman Andrew Higginson said: "Kevin is an excellent addition to the Morrisons board. At Unilever, he has been responsible for growing some of the world's most successful food and drink brands and he also knows the UK grocery market extremely well."