Screwfix CEO Andrew Livingston quits for rival supplier

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The chief executive of Screwfix Andrew Livingston will quit his role in favour of leading the building supplier Howden Joinery Group.

Livingston’s successor will be 18-year Kingfisher veteran and Screwfix operations and property director Graham Bell.

Having served on the board for a decade, along with roles at Screwfix’s sister retailer B&Q, the company says this demonstrates its “strong succession planning” and that it is “testimony to the pipeline of talent”.

Screwfix’s chief of sales Michael Louvre, head of operations Jean-Paul Constant and B&Q’s retail director Damian McGloughlin have also jumped ship, with the latter moving to rival Bunnings.

READ MORE: B&Q boss resigns after two years in role

At Howdens, Livingston will replace outgoing boss Matthew Ingle when he retires in early 2018.

Its chairman and former Co-op chief executive Richard Pennycook said: “I am very pleased to be able to welcome Andrew to Howdens.

“Andrew has developed an outstanding strategic and operational track record at Screwfix which, like Howdens, has developed great relationships with its trade customers.

“Under his leadership, Screwfix has shown very strong organic growth, at the same time as a significant trade counter roll out programme.

“Andrew’s appointment is a result of a rigorous and wide-reaching process conducted as part of our succession planning and we look forward to him leading Howdens through the next stage of its development.”

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