Director General of Workforce for the NHS and Social Care, Clare Chapman, has been hired by retail group Kingfisher as a non-executive director.
Chapman has worked for the NHS since 2007 but has previous retail experience as Group HR Director at Tesco between 1999 and 2006 and HR Vice-President of Pepsi Cola’s west and central European operations from 1994 to 1999.
Currently responsible for a workforce of more than two million people, Chapman’s “talent management and people development will be invaluable”, according to Kingfisher CEO Ian Cheshire.
“With over 80,000 employees in eight countries Kingfisher already has a wealth of talent”, he said.
“Clare’s human resources background in large, international retail and consumer groups, as well as her more recent experience in the NHS, will help us make the most of our potential as we seek to take Kingfisher to the next stage of its development.”
Today’s appointment s the second non-executive director that Kingfisher has hired in the last month, after Apple’s Vice-President of EMEA Pascal Cagni joined its board at the beginning of November.
Kingfisher reported strong third quarter profits today despite sales growth being almost flat and UK in DIY products being particularly slow.
Daniel Bernard, Kingfisher’s Chairman, commented: “Retailing is a people business so I am sure Kingfisher will benefit enormously from Clare’s experience as we grow our business around the world.
“Clare’s appointment will further strengthen our board, which already includes directors from Carrefour, Ikea and Apple. I look forward to working with her.”