Dunelm appoints duo of Non-Executive Directors

Home furnishings and homewares retailer Dunelm has announced the appointment of Ajay Kavan and Daniel Taylor as Non-Executive Directors.

Both Ajay and Dan will be members of the Audit and Risk, Remuneration and Nominations committees and will join the retailer from 1 March 2024.

Ajay is a senior advisor to the global investment firm, KKR, and a member of the advisory panel to Piper Private Equity. He serves in a non-executive capacity on the board of Rohlik Group, a European technology leader in e-grocery and an Index Ventures-backed unicorn, and he is Vice Chair at the Prince of Wales’ charity, In Kind Direct. Ajay brings extensive retail experience having been CEO of Matches Fashion from 2020 to 2021 and an Amazon Vice President from 2011 to 2020, where he scaled multiple categories and held global roles including launching Amazon Fresh in Europe/Asia. Prior to this, he held executive roles at Kingfisher and Home Retail Group.

Dan has very strong experience in digital, consumer-facing brands. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer – Flutter International, at global betting and gaming company Flutter Entertainment plc, where he is responsible for all of the Group’s international brands, a role he has held since 2020. Prior to this, he was the Chief Executive Officer of PaddyPowerBetfair, where he has also held the roles of MD, UK & Ireland and MD, Retail. Dan has also held roles as Managing Director of Teletext Holidays and Director of Strategy and Commercial Development at DMG Media.

Alison Brittain, Chair of Dunelm, said: “I am very pleased to welcome Ajay and Dan to Dunelm. Their appointments reflect our ongoing focus on ensuring effective Board composition and complementary skill sets.

“Ajay’s experience across a range of well-known retailers strengthens our Board as we continue to drive multi-channel growth across our total retail system. Dan’s experience, particularly in the delivery of digital growth strategies in consumer-facing businesses, will add further expertise and value as we continue to evolve and improve our customer proposition. I look forward to working with them both.”

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