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B&Q parent names new international execs

Kingfisher, the U.K.-based parent of the B&Q warehouse home improvement chain, has named Kevin O’Byrne group finance director. O’Byrne will begin his new position on Oct. 1, at which time he will also join the company’s board as an executive director.

O’Byrne succeeds Duncan Tatton-Brown, who has served as group finance director for the last four years and who will leave Kingfisher in mid-October to pursue a new career outside the group, according to a statement.

O'Byrne most recently served as group finance director of DSG International, an electrical products retailing company. He formerly served as retail finance director at DSG, and from 2000 to 2002, he was CFO of Hemscott, an online provider of financial information. Prior to that, O’Byrne served as European finance director for the Quaker Oats Co.

Kingfisher also named Peter Hogsted, a veteran of Swedish retailer IKEA, to the position of chief executive-international. Hogsted will be responsible for Kingfisher's operations in Poland, Russia, Italy, Turkey and China.

Hogsted most recently spent 13 years with IKEA, where he currently serves as chief executive of its U.K. operations and also chairman of IKEA in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ireland and Hungary. Peter is also a member of IKEA's international management group. He will join Kingfisher on Sept. 1.

Hogsted formerly served as CEO of IKEA Denmark and as a marketing director and human resources director with the company.

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