Emma Rackley has been appointed director of furniture and home at buying group AIS, replacing Julian Cox, who has decided to leave the business.

Emma boasts a wealth of industry experience, having held a range of roles from junior buyer to category manager with the likes of Leekes, Furniture Village and Shop Direct, plus her most recent role as group commercial director at Bensons.

Emma will spend the next three months working alongside Julian, to better understand the business.

Also at AIS, Rebecca Maloy and Rachel Brown have taken up new roles following the departure of Gary Thompson.

After two-and-a-half years looking after AIS' cabinet division, Rebecca will now also take control of the buying group's beds division, while Rachel will manage upholstery while retaining responsibility for sofabeds and garden furniture.

“Furniture and home are very important categories to AIS and its members, so we’re delighted that Emma has joined AIS, bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge of the industry to continue the sterling work of Julian Cox, who regretfully resigned from the business earlier this year," says AIS MD, Sue Kemp.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Julian for his commitment, professionalism and the value that he added thoughout his time with AIS. Emma will work with Julian for the remainder of the year, getting to know the business, meeting members and suppliers.”