B&Q News Update: Boss Martyn Phillips Leaves B&Q

Kevin O’Byrne Takes Over at B&Q

B&Q News Update: Boss Martyn Phillips leaves B&Q after nineteen years in a management overhaul as Kevin Byrne moves into the top job at the DIY superstore.

The DIY giant will now be the responsibility of Kevin O’Byrne who will be the CEO of both the brands B&Q and Koctas within the Kingfisher group. The management overhaul has seen three new directors taking seats on the board with responsibility for the supply chain and marketing and across omni channel operations.

Kingfisher, B&Q’s owner has now made the role that Martyn Phillips was in redundant in a move that is aimed at simplifying the structure of B&Q and removing a management tier. The departure of Martyn Phillips was made after a mutual agreement between Kingfisher and himself. He had worked at Kingfisher for 8 years before his move to B&Q eleven years ago and will now be furthering his career by a change of direction into development of leadership. In other restructuring moves the Kingfisher Chief Executive Steve Willett will take the lead in B&Q’s omni channel operation. Also new to the team is Dave Lowther from Screwfix who will be joining B&Q as the logistics and supply chain director and will be taking up the position left vacant by Chris Ward. Taking up the newly created post of Customer and Marketing Director will be Chris Moss. Katherine Paterson was previously in post on the marketing side of B&Q. She left the company last year and had not been replaced.

Chris Moss had previously been with 118 118 as chief executive and has a marketing background in both Virgin Atlantic and in the mobile phone company Orange. A spokesman for Kingfisher said that the reorganisation of the management structure had been aimed at adding strength to the senior management team to take full advantage of opportunities in the marketplace. Signs of recovery and improvement in the economy and in the housing market and increasing online sales have made a restructure imperative.

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In the face of a fast evolving market place and customer behaviour trends, the Kingfisher spokesman said, it was vital that the current market opportunities were taken full advantage of. The appointment of Kevin Byrne, he said, would enable him to fully focus on B&Q’s performance and to accelerate the omni-channel strategy that the company is keen to drive forward. The company will work on new initiatives to address the needs of the B&Q customer.

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