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Wickes appoints chief financial officer

In his previous role, George was CFO at The Gym Group PLC and he has held a number of senior roles throughout his career.

The Wickes Group has announced the appointment of Mark George as chief financial officer (CFO), effective no later than 20 July 2022.

In his new role, George will replace Julie Wirth who has announced her intention to retire froma full-time executive role following her “significant contribution” to the transition of Wickes from a subsidiary business to a stand-alone listed entity. 

Wirth has agreed to stay on in her role as CFO until 20 July 2022 to ensure a “seamless and orderly” transition.

Meanwhile, George has been CFO at The Gym Group PLC since 2018. Previously, he was deputy CFO at Auto Trader PLC, and he previously held several senior roles in finance, strategy and general management at a number of consumer businesses, including Tesco and Asos.

David Wood, CEO, said: “Julie has played a pivotal role in the successful demerger and listing of the company and it is with great sadness that we will see her leave. The board and I would like to thank Julie for her outstanding contribution and we wish her great success in whatever she chooses to do next.

“I am delighted that Mark is joining us. He has a strong track record in a listed company environment and brings extensive financial leadership, strategy and investor experience combined with a passion for the customer. This will be invaluable to the next stage of our journey.”

Christopher Rogers, chairman, added: “His expertise and experience will be crucial as we continue to grow the business. I would also like to express the board’s sincere thanks to Julie for her commitment, professionalism and dedication to Wickes during her tenure and wish her all the best for the future.”

George said: “Wickes is a great business with a strong brand and an inspiring purpose. I am delighted to be joining at this exciting time for the company and look forward to working with the team to deliver the growth strategy.”

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