Profile: the new CEO of Halfords, Graham Stapleton

- Leadership - Sep 13, 2017

Halfords has revealed Graham Stapleton will replace M&S-bound Jill McDonald as Chief Executive Officer.

Stapleton is due to take over the post in January, but how has the Honeybee boss' career path led him to this point? 

Graham Stapleton will be no stranger to Halfords' core operations having established his own car refurbishment business early in his career.

More recently, Stapleton has found himself in executive roles in the telecommunications and mobile phone sectors.

He held short-term positions at B&Q, Marks and Spencer and Kingfisher prior to joining Carphone Warehouse as Managing Director In Car Solutions in 2005.

Following a stint as MD of its Group Purchasing Procurement division, Stapleton was Chief Commercial Officer for three years and then Chief Operating Officer for 18 months

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While Chief Executive Officer between 2013 and 2015, he joined the Executive Board of CW's parent group, Dixons Carphone, before taking over at Honeybee in September 2015.

Stapleton's primary focus will be overseeing Halfords' 'Moving Up A Gear' campaign, its core strategy launched two years ago to grow market share through five key areas.

"Halfords is a business with a 125 year heritage and a market leading brand that strongly resonates with me and the UK public and I am delighted to be joining the company," said Stapleton upon the annoucement.

Halfords chairman Dennis Millard said: "Graham is an outstanding business leader with the retail, digital, services and category credentials that are an ideal fit for his role as CEO of Halfords.

"We set out our 'Moving up a Gear' strategy just under two years ago and Graham will continue to drive its implementation."

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