Halfords Group PLC
29 May 2009
Halfords Group plc - Directorate Change; Appointment of Chairman.
Dennis Millard is appointed Chairman with effect from 28 May 2009.
Halfords Group plc, the UK's leading automotive and leisure products retailer, today is pleased to announce the appointment of Dennis Millard as Chairman, with effect from 28 May 2008.
Dennis is currently Chairman of Smiths News plc. He is a non executive director at Premier Farnell plc and Xchanging UK plc where he is also the Senior Independent Director, and at Debenhams plc where he is Chairman of the Audit Committee. Dennis was previously a non executive director of Exel plc and EAG Limited.
Commenting on his appointment Dennis said
"I am delighted to be joining Halfords at a time when it continues to make such good progress against each of its strategic priorities. I also look forward to working with the Halfords Board and with David Wild, the Group's Chief Executive Officer, who has made an excellent and telling contribution since he joinied Halfords last year.
On behalf of the board, I would like to thank my predecessor Richard Pym, for his valuable contribution to Halfords in the two years he was Chairman. I would also like to thank Nigel Wilson, our senior independent director, who took up the reins last year as acting chairman until my appointment."
There are no other disclosures required under Listing Rule 9.6.13.
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The Group employs in excess of 10,500 staff and sells over 10,000 different product lines, ranging from car parts and cycles through to the latest in-car technology, alloy wheels, child seats, roof boxes and outdoor leisure and camping equipment. Halfords' own brands include Ripspeed, for car enhancement, Bikehut, for cycles and cycling accessories, including the exclusive Apollo, Boardman and Carrera brands, and URBAN Escape for camping equipment. Operating from 450 stores, including three stores in the Czech Republic, 24 smaller format, neighbourhood stores and five standalone Bikehuts, Halfords offers a "wefit" service for car parts, child seats, satellite navigation and in-car entertainment systems, and a "werepair" service for cycles.