John Cleland starts new role as Maplin CEO

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Newly appointed CEO, John Cleland joined Maplin on 1st March

John Cleland said: "I am excited to be leading the firm as it looks to accelerate its growth and performance over the medium term”".

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
Mimi Touré-Watts

Notes to Editors:
John Cleland CV

  •     Apr-11-Present    Nisa Todays Group, Non-Executive Director
  •     Dec-09-Jul-11     Esporta Health and Fitness, Chief Executive Officer
  •     Jun-09-Dec-09    Management Consultant
  •     Jan-06-Jun-09     B&Q plc, Commercial Director
  •     Jul-02-Jan-05    Wal-Mart Japan, Senior Vice President
  •     Aug-93-Jul-02    Asda Stores Ltd, Retail Managing Director (from 2000)
  •     Jun-86-Aug-93    J. Sainsbury, Senior Buyer (from 1990)

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Maplin Electronics Ltd
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