Ian Cheshire

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Biographical Information

"Sir Ian has over 30 years of experience in retail and is currently Chairman of Debenhams and sits on the board of Whitbread. His previous roles include CEO of B&Q from 2005 and Group CEO of Kingfisher from 2008 to 2015. In 2015, Sir Ian became Government Lead Non-Executive, having formerly been the Lead Non-Executive Director of the Department for Work and Pensions and Chairman of the British Retail Consortium." [1]

Current directorships: Appointed to the Kingfisher plc Board "in June 2000 and as Group Chief Executive in January 2008. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Whitbread plc, lead Non-Executive Member on the Department for Work and Pensions Board, member of the Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change, and a Member of the Employers' Forum on Disability President's Group. He also chairs the Ecosystem Markets Task Force.

"Expertise: He was previously Chief Executive, B&Q UK from June 2005. He was appointed Chief Executive International and Development in September 2002, Chief Executive of e-Kingfisher in May 2000 and was Group Director of Strategy & Development. Before joining Kingfisher he worked for a number of retail businesses including Sears plc where he was Group Commercial Director." [2]


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  1. True Capital Advisory Committee, organizational web page, accessed June 6, 2016.
  2. Kingfisher plc Ian Cheshire, organizational web page, accessed August 29, 2012.
  3. Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership Advisory Board, organizational web page, accessed June 13, 2013.
  4. Menhaden Capital plc Who we are, organizational web page, accessed November 29, 2018.