New owners bring in new Dobbies boss

Dobbies Garden Centres has appointed former Somerfield and Maplin boss John Cleland as chief executive, replacing Andy King, who had been at Dobbies since 2013.

Incoming Dobbies chief executive, John Cleland
Incoming Dobbies chief executive, John Cleland

Cleland worked with one of Dobbies' new owners, Andrew Bracey, at Somerfield.

Bracey was one of the investors in the £217m acquisition of Dobbies from Tesco last month.

Cleland’s wide-ranging experience of retail is to expected to enable the new owners to drive forward their growth strategy to take advantage of Dobbies powerful appeal in a fragmented market.

Cleland was chief executive of Maplin from 2012 until 2015, Somerfield from 2006-09 and was B&Q commercial director for a year in 2005.

King, who joined Notcutts from Body Shop in December 2007, will stay on as a strategic adviser to the Dobbies board.

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