Friday, September 22, 2017

Dobbies CEO John Cleland quits

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The head of garden retailer Dobbies John Cleland has just resigned after eight months at the helm, due to family and personal reasons.

Former Wyevale boss Nicholas Marshall, who has over 30 years’ experience in the garden retail sector, will replace Cleland as the new chief executive with immediate effect.

Marshall was the leader of Wyevale Garden Centres for four years, selling it for £300 million after saving it from the brink of administration.

He also founded County Gardens and Country Homes and Gardens.


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“I have known and admired the Dobbies business for many years, both as a competitor and indeed as a customer,” Marshall said.

“I’m really looking forward to working with what I know to be a talented and committed group and I am certain we can achieve great success together for all our customers.”

Clelend had been appointed chief executive in July last year, shortly after Tesco offloaded Dobbies to Midlothian Capital Partners and Hattington Capital in a £217 million.

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