Dunelm Group confirms appointment of Nick Wilkinson as chief executive

Further to the announcement made on December 21, homewares retailer Dunelm Group has confirmed that Nick Wilkinson has today (Thursday February 1) joined the board as chief executive.

He succeeds John Browett, who stepped down from the role in early September for personal reasons.

Nick has extensive retail experience across several consumer brands, most recently as chief executive of cycling specialist Evans Cycles, a position he held from 2011 to 2016. Prior to this he was chief executive of Maxeda DIY, a €1.4 billion turnover Belgian and Dutch home improvement business, from 2007 to 2010.

He received his initial retail training with eight years at Dixons Retail Group from 1999 to 2006, where he was group buying director and managing director of Currys. Nick’s early career was at Unilever and McKinsey & Co. He holds a degree from Cambridge University.

Dunelm bills itself as the market leader in the £12bn UK homewares market and active in the £11 billion UK furniture market. It operates 173 stores – of which 169 are out-of-town superstores and four are located on the high street – and four online stores at www.dunelm.com, www.worldstores.co.uk, www.kiddicare.com and www.achica.com.

The business employs about 10,000 colleagues and sells around 30,000 product lines in store, increasing to around 300,000 online. Products range from textiles such as bedding, curtains, cushions, quilts and pillows, to kitchenware, dining, lighting, seasonal, wall art and rugs.

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