13 July 2018
Halfords Group plc
Appointment of Chief Financial Officer
Halfords Group plc is pleased to announce the appointment of Loraine Woodhouse as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with effect from 1 November 2018.
Loraine has been Finance Director of Waitrose since 2015, having previously occupied senior finance roles in the John Lewis Partnership including as Acting Group Finance Director. Prior to that, Loraine was CFO of Hobbs, Finance Director of Capital Shopping Centres Limited (now Intu plc) and Finance Director of Costa Coffee Limited. Loraine's early career included finance and investor relations roles at Kingfisher plc.
Loraine succeeds Jonny Mason who, as previously announced, leaves Halfords on 31 July 2018.
Graham Stapleton, Chief Executive, commented:
"I am delighted that Loraine will be joining Halfords as CFO and look forward to working with her. She has extensive finance leadership within service-based retail and will be a great addition to the senior team. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Jonny Mason and to wish him every success in the future."
Loraine Woodhouse commented:
"I'm really pleased to be joining Halfords and look forward to working with the team to build upon the good foundations in place and to deliver the exciting next phase."
Loraine is currently a partner trustee of the John Lewis Partnership Trust for Pensions, but will relinquish this role prior to appointment as CFO of Halfords. There is no further information to be disclosed relating to Loraine under paragraph 9.6.13 of the UK Listing Authority Listing Rules.
Halfords Group plc will publish its 20-week trading statement on 4 September 2018 followed by a Capital Markets Day on 27 September 2018.
Adam Phillips, Investor Relations 44 (0) 7703 890142
Media (Tulchan) 44 (0) 207 353 4200
Summary of Loraine Woodhouse's remuneration:
Loraine Woodhouse's remuneration package includes an annual basic salary of £350,000. Notice is 6 months on either side. All other terms and conditions are consistent with her predecessor, Jonny Mason. Halfords will make a payment to Loraine in March 2019 to replace her pro-rated bonus from Waitrose equivalent to the amount she would have received based on performance.
About Halfords Group:
Halfords is the UK's leading retailer of motoring, cycling and leisure products and services, as well as one of the UK's leading independent operators in vehicle servicing, maintenance and repairs. Customers shop at over 480 Halfords, Cycle Republic and Tredz shops in the UK and Republic of Ireland and at halfords.com, cyclerepublic.com or tredz.co.uk for pick-up at their local store or direct home delivery. Halfords Autocentres operates from over 300 sites nationally and offers motorists high-quality MOTs, repairs and car servicing at affordable prices. The Group employs approximately 10,000 colleagues.
Halfords Group plc's LEI code is 54930086FKBWWJIOB179