Rotherham, UK (PRWEB UK) 23 March 2012
John Cleland has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Maplin Electronics, the specialist electronics retailer as of 1 March 2012.
John has significant experience working across the retail sector including senior roles with ASDA Walmart in the UK and Walmart Japan. He has been Commercial Director for B&Q and was Managing Director throughout the very successful turnaround of Somerfield. His last role was as Chief Executive of Esporta, the health and fitness chain, achieving a turn round and successful merger with Virgin Active.
John Cleland said: “I have been very impressed by the strength of Maplin in sourcing innovative products, offering great in-store customer service and operating as a lean effective organisation. I am excited to be leading the firm as it looks to accelerate its growth and performance over the medium term”.
John Lovering, Chairman of Maplin said: “I am delighted that John is joining Maplin. We worked together at Somerfield and his all-round retailing and commercial skills are well known to me. He is a great leader and will be instrumental in implementing our growth plans on the High street and through multi-channels. As a highly profitable business with a strong balance sheet, we have a great opportunity to capitalise on the multiple growth opportunities ahead of us.”
For further information please contact:
Maplin Electronics 01709 774041
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John Cleland CV
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