Houlden CEO to step down next year

Houlden has announced that its CEO, Helen Haddow, will step down next year once she has helped source a suitable replacement.

Following this Haddow will then remain on the board as a non-executive director.

The company confirmed the succession plans at its autumn meeting on 19 September.

The board will be further strengthened by the appointment of Dominic Wakefield who was acting shadow director for the last year.

Furthermore, the up-and-coming reappointments of Joe Walsh and John Lunn were confirmed.

Denise McLaughlin becomes Houlden’s new chief operating officer after 15 years with the organisation.

Keith Gill, director, said: “Helen’s energy and unwavering dedication to ensuring Houlden’s success has been an inspiration, and we have all appreciated her tremendous contribution to the achievements and ongoing evolution of the business. We are making the announcement well in advance to allow plenty of time to find the right person.”

Haddow added: “I have enjoyed every moment of working together with our Members and Suppliers and the talented Houlden team to help ensure everyone’s future commercial success. There are so many exciting opportunities and new initiatives ahead – many of which we will be unveiling during this Meeting.”

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