Bensons for Beds revamps leadership team following £25m restructuring deal

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After securing a restructuring deal, that injected £25m of new investment to grow the business, Bensons for Beds today unveiled its new leadership team that will take the business forward.

Chris Howell, who has been working with the business in an advisory capacity since the autumn of 2019, will become chairman of Bensons.

Chris previously held chairman roles at Maxeda DIY Group in Benelux and Oceanico Group and has led and supported numerous private and publicly listed companies in an executive, non-executive and advisory capacity including managing director at KPMG.

Under the leadership of CEO Mark Jackson who continues to lead Bensons’ retail and manufacturing companies, Joe Wykes will become chief operating officer.

Joe joined the team earlier this year from bed and mattress manufacturer Sleepeezee where he was CEO. He is a chartered accountant and was previously on the board at Adova Group, the French based supplier of bedroom furniture and sofas.

Also in Mark’s team as chief financial officer will be John Sidebotham. John has been working with the business as a restructuring adviser for the last six months and has now formally joined the leadership team.

John’s background includes KPMG Restructuring and Retail turnaround as well as holding multiple senior management roles at ABF plc.

Completing Mark’s team is Alan Williams who will continue to lead Bensons’ stores as managing director of retail.

Alan has been with the business for over 20 years. He has a wealth of experience, including a number of roles at Sleepmasters, where he was also managing director.

Mark Jackson, CEO Bensons for Beds Retail Ltd, said: “While he’s no stranger to us, having guided us through the last eight months as an adviser, it’s good to formally welcome Chris as chairman to new Bensons. His experience and contribution will be invaluable as we invest to grow.

“He and my whole leadership team are looking forward to getting Bensons back on its feet. This is a good business with a bright future, and we’ll emerge from our restructuring, refocused, resilient and ready to press ahead with our transformation plans.”

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