Posted 7th July

Screwfix CEO to become CEO of Howdens

By KBBDaily on 7th July 2017 - 09:27am

Andrew Livingston, pictured, the current CEO of Kingfisher brand Screwfix, is set to become the CEO of Howden Joinery Group, succeeding founder Matthew Ingle in the role when he retires in the first half of 2018 after 22 years with the group.

Livington has been CEO of Screwfix since 2013, having previously held the roles of commercial and e-commerce director from 2009 to 2013. Prior to joining Screwfix, he was commercial director and COO at Wyevale Garden Centres, and before that he held the role of commercial director of kitchens and bathrooms at B&Q.

“I am delighted to be joining Howdens,” said Livington. “I have always admired the brand and I look forward to building on the excellent foundations to drive the business through its next phase of development and create further value for all its stakeholders.”

Ingle founded Howdens in 1995 with 14 depots and first year sales of £1m, and has grown the company to reach sales of more than £1.3bn in 2016, according to the group, with pre-tax profit of £237m and 650 depots across the UK. Chairman Richard Pennycook said that in “recognition of his unique contribution” to the company, the board has asked Ingle to become Howden's “honorary lifetime president”.

“Selling kitchens trade-only to builders was a new concept in 1994 and I must thank Derek Hunt from MFI for having faith in us and for backing the idea,” said Ingle. “When Howdens first started trading a year later with just forty people and five kitchen ranges, I could not imagine the journey we would undertake.”

He added: “Thanks to our builder customers, we grew quickly, weathered both the problems with MFI in 2005 and the financial crisis, to emerge as a business which in the past few years has grown strongly and invested significantly in its future.”

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