14 January 2021
Dunelm Group plc ("Dunelm")
Appointment of Arja Taaveniku as a Non-Executive Director
Dunelm, the UK's leading homewares retailer, is pleased to announce the appointment of Arja Taaveniku as a Non-Executive Director. Arja will join the Board on 15 February 2021 and will be a member of the Audit and Risk, Remuneration and Nominations committees.
Arja is an experienced business leader, having spent over 30 years in leadership positions with a number of international retail organisations. She was with Ikea Group between 1989 and 2012, including seven years as a Global Business Director. Between 2012 and 2015 she was CEO of Ikano Group, a privately owned international business that develops, owns and manages companies in consumer banking, insurance, residential and shopping centres, as well as being a franchisee of IKEA stores. From 2015 to 2018 Arja was on the Group Executive for Kingfisher PLC, acting as CEO of its subsidiary, Kingfisher International Products Limited.
Arja is Chair of the board at Svenska Handelsfastigheter AB, and holds Non-Executive Director positions at Nobia Group, Handelsbanken and Mekonomen Group.
Chairman of Dunelm, Andy Harrison said:
"I am delighted to welcome Arja to our Board. She brings a breadth of knowledge from international home retail businesses, with specific expertise in the strategic and operational development of customer value propositions and product range development, alongside environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives. This experience will be particularly helpful as we continue to accelerate growth across our total retail system."
No further disclosures are required under LR 9.6.14 with respect to this appointment, and together with her 'persons closely associated' Arja currently has no beneficial interests in the Company's ordinary shares of one pence each.
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For further information please contact:
Dunelm Group plc
Nick Wilkinson, Chief Executive Officer
Laura Carr, Chief Financial Officer
07709 496 125
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