Halfords Group on Monday announced the appointment of Jill McDonald as chief executive, with effect of 11th May.

Halfords appoints new CEO

The current CEO, UK and president of North West Europe for McDonald’s Corporation, McDonald also counts Colgate Palmolive and British Airways in her resume.

Speaking in light of the announcement, Halfords chairman Dennis Millard said:“We are delighted to have recruited Jill, who has a strong track record of heading a large, complex, service-led business with great success. Jill will lead our high-calibre team and further develop Halfords’ successful service-based growth strategy. I’m really excited that we have attracted someone of Jill’s calibre who will build on what we’ve achieved over the last few years and we all really look forward to working with her.”

McDonald added: “Halfords is a business and brand that resonates with me and the UK public and I am delighted to be joining the company. Halfords has already made significant progress in delivering its service-led growth strategy and I look forward to joining such a strong team to continue to build on that success.”

McDonald will be just one of a handful of female chief executives for retail companies in the UK, replacing Matt Davies, who leaves in June for Tesco. Halfords also noted that it will report on its preliminary results for the 53 weeks to 3rd April on 5th June. 


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