Kingfisher and AllSaints executives join BRC boardroom

// Kingfisher and AllSaints join BRC boardroom to help it meet the needs of its members
// Kingfisher chief people officer Kate Seljeflot and AllSaints CEO Peter Wood have joined as non-executive directors

Kingfisher and AllSaints executives have been appointed to the board of the BRC to help support its members.

Kingfisher’s chief people officer Kate Seljeflot and AllSaints chief executive Peter Wood have both taken up positions as non-executive directors.

The duo will succeed Melanie Steel and Benjamin Fletcher, who are stepping down in May and September respectively.

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BRC chair Tony DeNunzio said: “I’m very excited to welcome Kate and Peter to the BRC board. Their experience and drive will help the BRC meet the needs of our many members now and in the future.

“The Covid-19 pandemic brought about a level of business disruption unheard-of in our generation, and I believe our board is well placed to support the BRC to meet the challenges that lie ahead, not least the huge rise in costs being faced by the whole industry.

“I thank Melanie and Ben for their significant contribution to the success of the BRC and the value it generates for its members.”

Seljeflot said: “Retail plays an incredibly important role in providing quality jobs in local communities, developing essential skills, and championing social mobility. I want to put my passion for people into supporting the BRC and its members at this critical juncture, in particular by driving forward its Diversity & Inclusion Charter and its new Learning business.

“As labour markets around the world tighten, it will be those retailers who truly engage and develop their people who will be rewarded.”

Wood added: “The BRC provided strong leadership and support for our industry throughout the pandemic and I am delighted to have the opportunity to become more involved. The ways customers can engage and shop with retailers continue to evolve and expand at pace, and as the largest private sector employer, our industry has a fantastic pool of talent to work with.

“I look forward to offering my passion and experience to help the BRC and its members harness these positive dynamics and overcome the challenges that we face.”

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