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Willams to quit Topps Tiles

WPToppsMatt Williams is to leave tiles chain Topps Tiles, after 21 years at the chain, including 12 as ceo.

Williams will leave on 29 November and will be succeeded by Rob Parker, Topps cfo. Williams [pictured left with Parker, right] will remain an advisor until May 2020.

Williams joined Topps in 1998 as property director soon after its stock market flotation. He spent the next six years expanding the company's store base, acquiring more than 200 new sites, which still make up a large part of the store portfolio today. He became coo in 2004.

‘It has been a really tough decision to leave Topps but I feel now is the right time for me to pursue a new challenge. Topps is, and will always remain, a very special company to both me and my family. It is a quality business with enormous strength in its specialism which it derives from its people and culture. It has been an honour and privilege to lead and work alongside everybody within the Topps family and I wish them all well for the future,’ says Williams.

‘Matt has made a tremendous contribution to the business over the last 20 years and in particular over the last 12 years as chief executive. During this time he has reshaped the retail business, completed a very successful re-branding and led the investment into the commercial tile market. On behalf of the board I wish him every success for the future.  

‘I am delighted that Rob Parker, our cfo for the past 12 years, has accepted the role of group ceo. Rob is very well known across the business and has established himself as a strong strategic thinker and leader of people across the organisation,’ says Darren Shapland, Topps chairman.

‘I am delighted to be offered this opportunity to lead the organisation. Topps is an exceptional business in so many ways and I am very proud of the part I have played in our journey so far.  I look forward to the future with energy and excitement,’ says Parker.