Ewan McMahon appointed Retail Operations Director at Homebase

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-12-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ewan McMahon has been appointed to the role of Retail Operations Director at Homebase, reporting to Managing Director Echo Lu as part of the Homebase Leadership Team. He takes up the position on 7 December 2015.

Ewan brings 25 years of retail experience having started on the shop floor as a management trainee at Tesco. Subsequently, Ewan has held a variety of leadership roles at Tesco in the UK, Japan and Turkey.

More recently, Ewan led the Tesco Extra Format in the UK as the Operations Director and since 2011 worked as the Chief Operating Officer of Tesco’s Turkish business where he was responsible for store and central operations, supply chain, online business and distribution.

He joins the business at an exciting time of change as Homebase builds on its productivity plan to position it for long-term investment and growth.

On his appointment, Echo Lu, Managing Director at Homebase said: “Throughout his career Ewan has demonstrated principled leadership, cultural adaptability, and a strong track record of delivering positive change through people in challenging environments. I am confident that he will be a great addition to the Leadership Team and a huge asset for Homebase.”

Ewan added: “I’m excited to be joining Homebase and have been impressed by the enthusiasm and calibre of colleagues I have met so far. I’m looking forward to helping the business shape a new direction for home improvement that is very clearly focused on helping customers to create a home they love.”

 

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About Homebase
Homebase is a leading home enhancement retailer with around 58 million transactions a year, selling around 38,000 products for the home and garden. It has 271 large, out-of-town stores throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland and a growing internet offering at www.homebase.co.uk. In the financial year to February 2015, Homebase sales were £1.5 billion and it employed some 17,000 people across the business.

Homebase is part of Home Retail Group, the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer.

SOURCE: Home Retail Group

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Ewan McMahon appointed Retail Operations Director at Homebase

Ewan McMahon appointed Retail Operations Director at Homebase

Homebase names Chris McDonough Marketing Director

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-11-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chris McDonough has been appointed to the role of Marketing Director at Homebase, reporting to Managing Director Echo Lu as part of the Homebase Leadership Team. He takes up the position on 1 December 2015.

Chris brings with him a wealth of experience from a broad range of sectors including FMCG and Retail, involving various marketing and commercial roles within the UK and across Europe. He joins the business at an exciting time of change as Homebase builds on its productivity plan to position it for long-term investment and growth.

Chris was recently UK Marketing Director for Asda, responsible for all areas until recently including retail, home shopping, George and financial services. Prior to that he was UK Managing Director for brands with Molson Coors for several years, and UK Marketing and R&D Director for dairy giant Muller, where also had overall responsibility for the Irish business. Chris started his career at Mars, where he progressed through various commercial and marketing roles to become German Pet Care Commercial Director having worked in several roles across Europe.

On his appointment, Echo Lu, Managing Director at Homebase said: “I am delighted that Chris is joining the team and look forward to welcoming him to the business. With his functional expertise, diverse experiences and collaborative style, he will be a great asset as we go through the next stage in our journey to be a more customer focused brand.

I would also like to thank Jo Kenrick for her dedication and contribution in the four years she has been with Homebase and wish her all the best in her future career in non-executive roles.”

Chris McDonough added: “I am excited to be joining Homebase and working with the team. I have been impressed by the enthusiasm and calibre of colleagues I have met so far. It is a great time to join the business as it helps to shape a new direction for home improvement that is very clearly focused on helping customers to create a home they love.”

 

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Note to Editors:

For more information, please contact the Homebase Press Office on 0845 120 4365 or email media.relations@homebase.co.uk .

Follow us @Homebase_PR.

About Homebase
Homebase is a leading home enhancement retailer with around 58 million transactions a year, selling around 38,000 products for the home and garden. It has 271 large, out-of-town stores throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland and a growing internet offering at www.homebase.co.uk. In the financial year to February 2015, Homebase sales were £1.5 billion and it employed some 17,000 people across the business.

Homebase is part of Home Retail Group, the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer.

SOURCE: Home Retail Group

Home Retail Group appoints Echo Lu as Managing Director for Homebase

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-3-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Home Retail Group has announced the appointment of Echo Lu as Managing Director for Homebase, one of the UK’s leading home enhancement retailers. Echo has significant experience in retailing both in the UK and Asia, and will take up her new position on 20th April.

Echo joins Homebase from Tesco where she worked over the past ten years across different markets and a broad range of functions.  Her most recent roles were as Group Business Planning & Insight Director and Property Director for Tesco UK & Ireland, she was also a member of the UK Board. Prior to these roles, Echo held a number of roles in Tesco’s Asian business, including Chief Operating Officer for China, Operations Director, East China, and Commercial Buying for Grocery.

Her career commenced at Bristol-Myers Squibb where she held a number of roles, culminating as HR Director for China. Echo graduated in International Economy & Finance at Fudan University.

John Walden, Home Retail Group Chief Executive, said:

“Echo has significant, broad-based retail experience both in the UK and the rapidly evolving Asian region, and importantly has been an agent for positive change throughout her career.  She is the ideal candidate to lead Homebase and its Productivity Plan, as we improve the store operational standards and customer service, develop stronger customer propositions and accelerate Homebase’s digital capabilities, and realise its potential for greater growth.”

Echo Lu said: “I am delighted to join Home Retail Group and to lead the Homebase business.  Homebase is a strong UK brand with an ambitious plan in the short-term to strengthen its foundations and exciting longer-term growth opportunities.  I look forward to working with John, his executive team, the Homebase leadership team and the 18,000 Homebase colleagues to build a stronger business for the future.”

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Editor’s notes:

Media contacts:
Chris Wermann, Corporate Affairs Director 07718 327 107
Rollo Head, Finsbury  020 7251 3801

Photo available at the Home Retail Group media centre. http://homeretailgroup.pressarea.com/imagelibrary 

Echo Lu: Curriculum Vitae

Tesco:  2004-2014
Group Business Planning & Insight Director
Property Director, UK & Ireland
Chief Operations Officer, China
Operations Director, East China
Chief Executive Officer Development Programme
Human Resources Director, Asia

Bristol-Myers Squibb  1997-2004
Human Resources Director, China
Other Human Resources leadership roles

Education
MS. Industrial Relations & Human Resources – West Virginia University
BA. International Economy & Finance -Fudan University

About Homebase
Homebase is a leading home enhancement retailer with around 60 million transactions a year, selling around 38,000 products for the home and garden. It has 304 large, out-of-town stores throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland and a growing internet offering at www.homebase.co.uk. In the financial year to February 2014, Homebase sales were £1.5 billion and it employed some 18,000 people across the business.

Homebase is part of Home Retail Group, the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer.

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Home Retail Group appoints Echo Lu as Managing Director for Homebase

Home Retail Group appoints Echo Lu as Managing Director for Homebase