I have not yet met the directors and so I’m unable to comment on character. But I can provide some factual information at this stage. The current CEO and Chair have been in place since 2018. A CFO joined at that time too, but handed over to Jo Hartley in 2022. Since 2018 significant gaps opened up between statutory reported earnings and the managers’ “underlying” figure, which is a worrying indication of executives falling into the temptation of boosting their bonuses by some “clever” manoeuvres.
Graham Stapleton, CEO
Appointed CEO 2018 coming directly from Dixons Carphone where he was CEO of Dixons Carphone plc’s software business, Honeybee. Prior to that he was CEO of Dixons Carphone’s Connected World Services Division from 2015 to 2017 and CEO of Carphone Warehouse UK & Ireland from 2013 to 2015. Holds 235,726 shares, many received from his bonus plan.
Keith Williams, Chair
Appointed Chair 2018. An accountant by training he is also Chair of Royal Mail. Formerly Deputy Chair of John Lewis, NED of Aviva, and CEO and then Executive Chair of British Airways. Holds 150,000 shares.
Jo Hartley, CFO
Joined in 2022 to replace Loraine Woodhouse. She came from Virgin Active, where she was CFO since 2015. Began career at Deloitte, before moving to Tesco in 1999.
Helen Jones, NED
Joined 2014. Also currently NED of Fuller, Smith & Turner and Virgin Wines UK Premier Foods and a Director of Hamsard 3145 Limited. Previously, she was a member of the Supervisory Board Vapiano S.E. and Ben & Jerry’s. Prior to that CEO of Zizzi and was also responsible for successfully launching the Ben & Jerry’s brand in the UK and Europe. Holds only 8,000 shares.
Jill Caseberry, NED
Joined in 2019. Also NED Bellway and C&C Group and Employee Voice Director and Bakkavor Group and St Austell Brewery. Past roles: NED of Northgate. Executive career at Mars, PepsiCo and Premier Foods. She also founded a soft drink company and established a sales and marketing consultancy. Holds only 3,125 shares
Tom Singer, NED
Joined 2020. Also NED of Mediclinic International. Past roles: NED DP Eurasia and Liberty Living. Previously. CFO of InterContinental Hotels Group plc, FD of BUPA, CFO and COO of William Hill and Finance Director of Moss Bros. Holds only 30,000 shares.
Executive team – length of service with Halfords
The executive team are mixed in terms of length of experience at Halfords, but, encouragingly the top two have been there 19 years and 8 years respectively.
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