Wolseley’s CEO Chip Hornsby has quit his position from the heating and plumbing supply giant, ending a three-year tenure that saw shares of the company slump 75 percent.
Wolseley Chief Executive OfficerChip
Hornsbyhas quit his position from the heating and
plumbing supply giant, ending a three-year tenure that saw shares of company
slump 75 percent, Bloomberg reports.Ian
Meakins, former head of drug wholesaler Alliance UniChem Plc,
will take up the CEO role July 13.
Hornsby joined Wolseley in 1982 and
became CEO in August 2006. For the past two years, the company has struggled to
keep from breaching loan terms and has suffered falling profits “amid the worst
U.S. slump in housing starts since World War II,” Bloomberg reports. In May,
Hornsby agreed to sell a majority stake in Stock Building Supply.
pressure may have played a key role in Hornsby’s departure. However, his departure
was by joint agreement and the process to replace him began three to four
months ago, ChairmanJohn Whybrow told Bloomberg. “We
mutually discussed that and decided it was right he should leave the company,”
he said, denying shareholder pressure was a major factor. Whybrow also said
there are no plans for any other management changes.
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