Ex-Home Retail Group CEO John Walden is to join ScS' board as independent non-executive director, with effect from 1st March 2023.
On joining, John will be non-executive chair designate, and the intention is that he will become non-executive chair of the group on 30th November 2023 when Alan Smith retires.
John is currently non-executive chair of Motorpoint and SnowFox Topco, the Guernsey topco responsible for Yo Sushi and other sushi-related business in the UK and North America. John has held a number of senior roles including chair of Naked Wines and chair of Holland & Barrett International. John was previously executive director at FTD Companies and CEO of Argos and its parent company Home Retail Group. Prior to this, he held several senior roles with Best Buy Co, including executive VP and president of the internet division.
Alan Smith comments: "I am delighted that John is joining the ScS board and will, in time, succeed me as chair of the group. He brings deep board level expertise in both executive and non-executive capacities, has excellent consumer-driven and omnichannel experience, and has led transformational and digital change, both in the UK and US. John will be a great addition to the ScS team."
John adds: "I am pleased to be joining the board at ScS. The business is a leader in its sector, and is operationally excellent with a strong balance sheet, solid board and leadership team and an opportunity and plan for improvement and growth. I look forward to working with the ScS team."