Browett to become Dunelm ceo
Former Dixons and Apple executive John Browett is to be the next ceo of Dunelm as part of a boardroom shake-up.
On 1 July Browett will become ceo designate and will replace Will Adderley six month later. Adderley will revert to being deputy chairman.
Browett left his role of ceo at Dixons to become senior vice president of retail at Apple in January 2012 but left in October 2012, later saying he didn’t fit in with how Apple is run. He joined Accessorise as ceo in March 2103 but left this Febuary.
Lovefilm.com co-founder William Reeve will join as a non-executive director, while Andy Harrison will succeed Geoff Cooper as non-executive chairman.
‘I am delighted to welcome John Browett as our ceo designate. John brings an exceptional combination of business leadership together with outstanding retail skills across a breadth of sectors, from grocery to electricals and fashion. John also brings proven experience of applying technology in multi channel operations, which will help us accelerate our digital plans. As part of our succession planning work, he was identified as our preferred ceo candidate some time ago and, somewhat unexpectedly, only recently became available. Andy and John have worked together before on the board of easyJet plc, and John has spent considerable time getting to know Dunelm and the board,’ says Cooper.
‘Will Adderley will remain actively involved in the business, allowing us to benefit from the combined skills of two of the best retailers of their generation. Will has, of course, prior experience working as our deputy chairman, focussing his management responsibilities and using his unique knowledge of both Dunelm and our sector under the direction of a ceo. In the past this has involved him spearheading work on people development, product development and site evaluation and acquisition.
‘I am also delighted that William Reeve has agreed to join our board as a non-executive director. We have long searched for someone who can operate at board level and who has both an entrepreneurial mind-set and deep digital experience. William fits these requirements perfectly.
‘I will retire from the board next month after nearly 11 years as chairman. It has been a great privilege to be associated with such a special company as Dunelm, created by Bill and Jean Adderley – I will miss it a lot. However, the future requires fresh minds, none more so than in the chairman's seat. I retire confident that the board has the skills, capabilities and culture to pursue Dunelm's continued growth.’