Bunnings has appointed David Haydon as the new general manager of Homebase, moving from his role as chief operating officer at sister company Officeworks.
Following its purchase of UK DIY retailer Homebase last year, Bunnings has issued Haydon with the task of heading up Homebase, while it focuses on pilot Bunnings stores in the UK.
Bunnings is owned by Australian company Wesfarmers, alongside Haydon’s former company of four years Officeworks.
Prior to his career with Officeworks, he has held roles at Wickes, B&Q and Kingfisher. Haydon will start his new role at Homebase at the end of June.
“It has been an exciting start to 2017 as we continue to deliver phase one of our strategy,” Bunnings UK managing director PJ Davis said.
“As the pilot activity accelerates, it is still important that we remain focused on delivering a strong performance across Homebase and I’m delighted David has agreed to take up this important role with the business. He will be a great addition to the team.”
Haydon added: “I’m looking forward to joining the team at this exciting time.
“Working together to create something special in what is the dynamic UK home improvement market will be a both a challenge, and a great deal of fun.”
Since it acquired Homebase in February last year the retailer has taken a hit from the cost of restructuring the business and clearing old ranges of stock. In its first six months Bunning posted a pre-tax loss of £28 million in the UK. Restructuring costs accounted for £13 million of its losses.