New chief executive officer for Wyevale

Wyevale Garden Centres has announced that it has appointed Roger Mclaughlan as chief executive officer.

He joins the business on 14th March from Toys “R” Us, where he has been managing director since 2012.

According to Wyevale, Roger brings with him ‘more than 25 years of retail industry experience, including senior executive roles at Marks and Spencer; Woolworth’s South Africa and Asda.

‘Roger takes over from Kevin Bradshaw, who has provided great leadership as CEO during the turnaround, doubling EBITDA and setting the business on course for its next phase of growth’.

Kevin will remain with the business for the next few months to ensure a smooth transition, after which he will be exploring other leadership roles within the Terra Firma portfolio companies.

Stephen Murphy, Chair of Wyevale Garden Centres, said: “I would like to thank Kevin for his important contribution over the past three years. Under Kevin’s leadership, Wyevale has cemented its position as the UK’s largest garden centre retailer. We have established a clear national brand, grown the business, modernised our stores to make them even more appealing to customers, expanded our product ranges and developed an award-winning restaurant offer.”

Roger Mclaughlan, said: “I’m delighted to be joining the business at such an exciting time and I look forward to working with Justin, Stephen and the team.”

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