Wednesday 9 October 2019 8:11 am

B&Q owner Kingfisher appoints new finance boss

B&Q owner Kingfisher has appointed a new chief financial officer, it said today.

Bernard Bot joins the home improvement group after his most recent role as finance boss of travel technology firm Travelport Worldwide which was New York-listed until June.

His appointment comes less than a month after chief executive Thierry Garnier took up his position at the business, which owns the UK’s B&Q and France’s Castorama.

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Bot will take up the role on 21 October, also joining the company’s board of directors and its executive team.

Kingfisher said that Bot was “integral to the repositioning” of his previous company Travelport “from a traditional travel content distributor to a digital-led commerce platform”.

Previous roles include chief financial officer at Aer Lingus, various roles at delivery company TNT and he was previously a partner at advisory firm McKinsey.

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He is a non-executive director of shipping company A.P. Moller – Maersk and a member of its audit committee.

The company also said that interim chief financial officer John Wartig has been appointed to the newly created role of chief transformation and development officer.

Garnier said: “Bernard is a highly experienced CFO whose credentials and track record are ideally suited to Kingfisher. He played a central role in the successful transformations at both TNT and Travelport, where he also gained a deep knowledge of technology and digital services, and he has a career-long understanding of logistics and supply chain optimisation.”

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