// Halfords appoints Virgin Active’s Jo Hartley as its new chief financial officer
// Hartley will be succeeding Loraine Woodhouse and will join the retailer in April next year
Halfords has appointed Virgin Active’s Jo Hartley as its new chief financial officer.
Hartley is set to join the business in mid-April 2022 where she will succeed Loraine Woodhouse, who announced her intention to retire from a full-time plc role.
Hartley has been working as group chief financial officer at Virgin Active since 2015 after starting her career at Deloitte UK, she then moved to Tesco where she held a number of roles, including finance director for convenience stores and operations and then property for Tesco UK.
She subsequently worked as chief financial officer of Tesco Poland before leading the finance function for Tesco UK as interim finance director.
In a bid to ensure a smooth transition, Woodhouse will remain with the retailer until its full year preliminary results in June 2022, at which point she will step down from her role.
Halfords chairman Keith Williams, said: “On behalf of the board, I am delighted to be welcoming someone of Jo’s calibre to Halfords. Her experience and expertise will be invaluable as we look to build on the strong momentum within the business, while also navigating our way through the current challenges and uncertainties of the wider trading environment.
“I would also like to express the board’s thanks to Loraine for her commitment, professionalism and dedication to Halfords during her time at the group; I’m sure she will do well as she pursues a non-executive career.”