Garden retailer Dobbies has appointed Andrew Bracey, one of its new owners, as chairman.
Bracey – who was once the chief financial officer of Ocado – is part of a group of investors led by Midlothian Capital Partners and Hattington Capital that took ownership of Dobbies after buying it from Tesco in June for £217 million.
Bracey, who takes over outgoing chaimant John Allan immediately, has also previously worked with Dobbies’ recently-appointed chief executive John Cleland at Somerfield.
“I’m very enthusiastic about the business as well as its potential and therefore I’m delighted to be joining as chairman, to support John and the team, and to help steer Dobbies to further growth,” Bracey said.
Cleland said: “Andrew has a many years of experience in retail and has a genuine passion for Dobbies, both of which will be a huge benefit to the business as we create a stronger, market-leading company.”
Dobbies currently has 35 shops around the UK, with reports indicating it may open more as well as expand its online platform.