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.
He is a Non-Executive Director of Whitbread plc and lead non-executive member on the Department for Work and Pensions Board. He is also a member of the Prince of Wales Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change and a Member of the Employers’ Forum on Disability President’s Group.
In addition, Ian chairs 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.