DFS Furniture has announced the appointment of Ian Durant as chairman with effect from 2nd May 2017.

Ian is currently chairman at Greggs and Capital and Counties Properties. He has also held non-executive directorships at Home Retail Group, where he was chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee, and Greene King, where he was chairman of the Audit Committee and senior independent director. 

Ian has over 35 years' experience in retail and logistics, and has an established financial background. As a qualified chartered accountant, Ian has held senior executive financial positions at a broad range of FTSE 250 companies, with notable roles including finance director at Liberty International and group finance director at Thistle Hotels. 

Commenting, DFS CEO Ian Filby, says:

"I am delighted to welcome Ian to the DFS Board as Chairman. His wealth of relevant experience will help drive us forward and continue the progression from being a great British business to a world-class business.

"We would also like to reiterate our sincere thanks to Richard Baker, for his outstanding service as a Director and Chairman, and wish him all the best for the future." 

Commenting on his new appointment, Ian Durant says: "I have long respected DFS and its success over the past few years. I look forward to joining as Chairman and working with the team to maximise the clear opportunities for the Group's further progress."