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TP appointments

10 July 2024

TP appointments

Travis Perkins has appointed Pete Redfern as Chief Executive Officer with effect from 16 September 2024. He succeeds Nick Roberts, who will step down on the same day.

Pete Redfern previously spent 14 years as Group Chief Executive of Taylor Wimpey until 2022. He also has an extensive insight into the Travis Perkins group, having served on the board as a non-executive director for nine years to September 2023.

Commenting on his appointment, he said: “In addition to my time as a non-executive director, I have operated as both a customer of, and a supplier to the group and have a strong sense of its inherent potential.

“My initial focus will be on implementing and adding to the actions already underway to improve operational execution and increase the focus on efficiency and cash generation, whilst also starting to develop the group’s strategy for the years ahead.”

Travis Perkins has also appointed Geoff Drabble as a non-executive director with effect from 1 October. He has also been appointed as Chair (designate) from the same date and will take up the position of Chair as soon as his capacity allows.

In his executive career, he was Group Chief Executive of Ashtead Group, Sunbelt Rentals’ parent, from 2006 to 2019, and previously held senior executive positions in Laird Group and Black and Decker Corp.

Geoff Drabble is Chair of Ferguson, the building materials distribution business listed on the New York and London Stock Exchanges, which primarily operates in North America. He is also currently Chair of DS Smith, the international packaging company. He was a non-executive director of Howden Joinery Group from 2015 to 2023, serving latterly as its senior independent director.

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