15 November 2010
Halfords Group Plc
Halfords Appoints Group Finance Director
Halfords Group plc, the UK's leading retailer of automotive and leisure products and leading operator in garage servicing and auto repair, announces the appointment of Andrew Findlay as Group Finance Director. He will join the company on 1st February 2011.
Andrew is currently Director of Finance, Tax and Treasury at Marks and Spencer Group plc where he played a key role in programmes to deliver cost savings and improvements in working capital. Prior to Marks and Spencer he held senior finance roles at the London Stock Exchange and at Cable and Wireless, both in the UK and US. Andrew qualified as a chartered accountant with Coopers and Lybrand.
David Wild, Chief Executive Officer, commented:
"Andrew has an impressive track record and brings extensive financial experience in retail and other competitive, consumer-facing industries. I am delighted to welcome Andrew to Halfords as we continue to deliver our strategy for long term sustainable growth."
The company confirms there is no further information about Andrew Findlay that requires disclosure under paragraphs 9.6 (11) to (14) of the Listing Rules of the UK Listing Authority.
Tony Newbould, Halfords Investor Relations Officer 44 (0) 1527 513113
Neil Bennett, Maitland 44 (0) 207 379 5151
Richard Farnsworth, Maitland 44 (0) 207 379 5151
Halfords will present its Interim Results for the 26 weeks to 1st October 2010 on the 18th November.
Notes to Editors:
Halfords Group plc
The Group is the UK's leading retailer of automotive, leisure and cycling products and through Nationwide Autocentres is also the UK's leading independent car servicing and repair operator.
Halfords employs approximately 11,000 staff and sells over 12,000 different product lines with significant ranges in car parts, cycles, in-car technology, child seats, roof boxes, outdoor leisure and camping equipment. Halfords own brands include the in-store Bikehut department, for cycles and cycling accessories, Apollo and Carrera cycles and exclusive UK distribution rights of the premium ranged Boardman cycles and accessories. In outdoor leisure, we sell a premium range of camping equipment, branded URBAN Escape. Halfords offers customers expert advice and a fitting service called "wefit" for car parts, child seats, satellite navigation and in-car entertainment systems, and a "werepair" service for cycles
Halfords customers shop at 462 stores in the UK and ROI and at Halfords.com for direct home delivery or pick-up at their local store. Nationwide Autocentres operates from 227 sites nationally and offers motorists dealership quality MOTs, repairs and car servicing at more affordable prices.