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Sir Ian Cheshire

Former Group Chief ExecutiveKingfisher plc

Only a week before he announced that he would be stepping down from the role of Chief Executive of Kingfisher plc, Sir Ian Cheshire shared his thoughts on leadership and insights from his career for the latest instalment of AIJ.TV.

Sir Ian talks about a globe-trotting upbringing, which led him to a varied and challenging career, and ultimately to the helm of one of the UK’s leading retail companies. You’ll hear about the impact of his early work in helping him focus on his passion for retail and how he landed a job at Guinness, where he was dubbed ‘Son of God’ as Executive Assistant to the company’s chief, Ernest Saunders.
Sir Ian talks about what he would like to do next, with his eyes on one last ‘big job’ and work with charity and government.

Official Biography

Sir Ian Cheshire was appointed Group Chief Executive of Kingfisher plc in January 2008. Prior to this he was Chief Executive of B&Q from June 2005. His previous roles at Kingfisher include Chief Executive of International and Development, Chief Executive of e-Kingfisher and Group Director of Strategy and Development. Before joining Kingfisher in 1998 he worked for a number of retail businesses including Sears plc where he was Group Commercial Director.
Sir Ian is Chairman of the British Retail Consortium. He is Senior Independent Director of Whitbread plc and lead non-executive member on the Department for Work and Pensions Board. He is also Chairman of the Prince of Wales Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change and President of the Business Disability Forum President’s Group.
In addition, he chaired the Ecosystem Markets Task Force, an independent business-led initiative aimed at helping UK business to find new opportunities to drive green economic growth and profit from valuing and protecting nature.
Sir Ian was knighted in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to Business, Sustainability and the Environment.