Dunelm appoints new CFO

Leicester homewares giant Dunelm has appointed Laura Carr as its new Chief Financial Officer.

Having worked as Group Financial Controller of Compass Group and previously CFO of Canadian book, gift and toy retailer Indigo Books & Music, Carr succeeds Keith Down, who announced earlier this year that he intends to step down to take up a role closer to his family home.

Carr also held a number of senior finance roles with Japan Tobacco International between 2004 and 2013.

David Stead, Dunelm’s former CFO, has joined the group as interim CFO to help smooth the transition, which has allowed Down to step down from the board slightly earlier than expected, on 24 May.

Chairman Andy Harrison says: “We are looking forward to Laura joining the Dunelm team to work with Nick Wilkinson, our new CEO. Laura brings a breadth of business and finance experience, which will really help us to achieve our ambitious business plans to become the leading multi-channel retailer in our space.”