Dunelm appoints ex-Kingfisher finance boss as CFO

The homewares retailer Dunelm has announced that it has appointed Karen Witts as its new Chief Financial Officer.

// Dunelm appoints finance leader Karen Witts as chief finanical officer

// Witts will join the Dunelm board on 9 June

The homewares retailer Dunelm has appointed Karen Witts as its new chief financial officer.

Witts will join the Dunelm board on 9 June, succeeding Laura Carr.

Dunelm described Witt as an accomplished finance leader who brings a wealth of experience from  a number of roles with high profile, consumer-facing, brands.


Most recently, until October 2021, Kitts was chief financial officer of the food and hospitality company Compass Group and prior to this she was CFO of Kingfisher Group, from 2012 to 2019.

Witts has also held a number of senior finance, strategic and operational roles with Vodafone between 2010 and 2012, and at BT Group between 1999 and 2010.

Nick Wilkinson, CEO of Dunelm, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to attract someone of Karen’s calibre to join our Board and Executive team. Her vast experience across global retail and consumer-facing businesses will be hugely beneficial as we work to achieve our ambitious growth plans to become a leading multi-channel retailer and our customers’ first choice for home.”

Witts added: “It’s very exciting to be returning to the retail industry to join the Dunelm team. As the market leader in homewares, Dunelm is a brand I have admired for some time and its strong purpose, culture and expanding customer offer makes it a compelling proposition. The team has exciting plans for continued growth and I look forward to getting started.”

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