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Carpetright names Ivell as Harris successor

BobIvellCarpetright has named food and drink industry veteran Bob Ivell as its next chairman and confirmed that Lord Harris will step down at the end of the month.

Ivell will become non-executive chairman on 1 November. He is non-executive chairman of pub group Mitchells & Butlers, senior independent director of Britvic and AGA Rangemaster Group. He was previously chairman of David Lloyd Leisure, Park Resorts Group, Next Generation Clubs Pacific and a non-executive director of The Restaurant Group. He has over 30 years experience in the food and beverage industry, holding executive roles with Regent Inns, Scottish & Newcastle and Whitbread.
'I am delighted we have found a very able and experienced chairman who brings tremendous skills and experience from his previous executive and non-executive roles. After 57 years in the carpet business, it is time for me to focus on my other interests and I retire from the board confident that I leave behind a strong leadership team,' says Harris.
'I am looking forward to working with the board as we seek to drive a sustained recovery in profitability and to build on the strong legacy being left by Lord Harris,' says Ivell, 61.
'On behalf of everyone at Carpetright I would like to thank Lord Harris for the huge contribution he has made since founding the business in 1988 and in developing it into the UK market leader. We wish him the very best in his retirement,' adds Wilf Walsh, Carpetright chief executive.