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Chief executive at diy chain Focus, Bill Grimsey, is going to become chairman with managing director Rob Gladwin becoming chief executive.

Two new faces are also joining the management team – Chris Morgan, finance director at Tesco in the Czech Republic will be joining a chief financial officer, and Brian Robbins who was previously at Home Depot, is joining as chief commercial officer, responsible for trading and marketing.

Mr Gladwin, who has been at Focus since 2008, was previously managing director of Travis Perkins’ Benchmarx business, and retail operations director at Wickes prior to that. Mr Grimsey called Mr Gladwin “a talented retail leader who is ready for the challenges ahead in the next phase of the recovery.”

Mr Grimsey oversaw a CVA in order to dispose of its non-trading “dark” stores. At the time he said Focus would have collapsed if it had not managed to offload the stores that were costing the retailer £12m a year. He said: “Good progress has been made in the past two and half years against very difficult economic conditions. We have managed to survive the recession and create a new look Focus for future development.”


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