Focus DIY recruits former Wyevale Garden Centres retail director in series of management changes

Focus DIY has made a series of senior management changes including recruiting a former Wyevale Garden Centres retail director.

The home improvement retailer has appointed Peter Brigden as retail director. He will join the business next month. Brigden was retail director at Wyevale under Jim Hodkinson and Sir Tom Hunter from September 2007 until March 2009, by which time Nicholas Marshall had taken over at the now renamed Garden Centre Group.

Chief operating officer Rob Gladwin has been promoted to the position of managing director.
Mark Footman, divisional director for supply chain and logistics, will take up the new role of development director reporting and will be responsible for property, macro and micro merchandising, store design, layout and equipment.

Focus chief executive Bill Grimsey said: "As we enter a new phase of our development with the roll out of our new Genesis format to the wider estate and our plans for smaller convenience stores in market towns and urban in fill areas, I am delighted to welcome Peter Brigden as retail director supporting Rob Gladwin in his new position of managing director, along with the appointment of Mark Footman as development director.  These new appointments further strengthen the board of directors and I look forward to working closely with my new team."

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