Kingfisher, the international home improvement company, announced that Adela Smeu, CEO of Brico Depôt Romania, is now part of the Group Executive, according to a statement from the British company.
Adela joined Kingfisher in 2015 as Finance Director for Brico Dépôt Romania. She was appointed to CEO of Romania in 2017. Prior to joining Kingfisher Adela spent eight years at Obi, the international home improvement retailer, in Romania, where she was Director of Finance and Administration. She previously spent four years in finance roles at United Technologies in France and six years at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Romania.
This appointment is part of other changes announced by Kingfisher, combined with others made since September, complete Kingfisher’s Group Executive team.
Thierry Garnier, CEO of Kingfisher:
“I’m very pleased to welcome Kate to Kingfisher. She brings excellent international HR experience along with her energy and passion, most recently leading the HR function of a highly successful international retail group.
I’m also very happy to have Martin and Adela join the Group Executive team, recognising the experience and leadership they have brought in their important roles.
Building the right Group Executive team was one of my first priorities when I started in September. I am confident we now have a diverse team with a good mix of Kingfisher experience and other home improvement, retail and service industries, which will find the right balance between the Group and local markets. We have much to do and I’m pleased that we now have a strong team in place.”
Brico Depôt Romania
Brico Depôt Romania is part of the Kingfisher Group, which officially entered the local market in 2013, following the acquisition of the Bricostore chain of stores. The company renamed the newly acquired chain of stores, which became Brico Depôt. In August 2017, the british group also purchased the network of 27 Praktiker stores in Romania. At this moment, Brico Depôt Romania operates 35 stores.
Kingfisher plc is an international home improvement company with over 1,300 stores in 9 countries across Europe, Russia and Turkey, supported by a team of over 77,000 colleagues. We operate under retail brands including B&Q, Castorama, Brico Dépôt, Screwfix and Koçtaş. We offer home improvement products and services to nearly six million consumers and trade professionals who shop in our stores and through our digital channels every week.
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