Kingfisher, the largest do-it-yourself chain in Europe, gets a Dutchman as the new financial chief. Bernard Bot comes over later this month from travel industry technology company Travelport Wordwide, where he held the same position.
Bernard Bot, not to be confused with his namesake who was Minister of Foreign Affairs until 2007, previously worked for airlines such as Aer Lingus and in the Netherlands for TNT Express. The position of chief financial officer was temporarily assumed by John Wartig. He is shifting now to another position.
Kingfisher plc is a British multinational retailing company headquartered in London, with regional offices located across the United Kingdom, France, Poland and Romania. It is the largest home improvement retailer in Europe, and the third largest in the world (behind The Home Depot and Lowe’s).
It has over 1,300 stores, in ten countries across Europe, and its brands include B&Q, Castorama, Brico Dépôt and Screwfix. Kingfisher is listed on the London Stock Exchange, and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.