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Management reshuffle at Bensons sees Jackson and Sidebothan depart

Bensons for Beds store1Bensons for Beds has reshuffled its management after its ceo and cfo stepped down.

Nick Collard, who joined as chief commercial and digital officer in August 2021, has succeeded Mark Jackson as ceo. Jackson steered Bensons through 2020’s refinancing and restructuring when it was bought in a pre-pack administration by Alteri Investors.

Gordon Brown, finance director has become cfo, replacing John Sidebothan.

‘Bensons is a business with huge potential. Like many retailers in our sector, we’ve had our share of operational and supply chain issues as the world has recovered from the pandemic, but we are focussed on delivering for our customers and on delivering our strategy for growth,’ says Ian Shepherd, Bensons chairman.

‘As we start to look forward to the next phase in our transformation, Mark and John have decided that this is the right time to leave the business. I would like to thank them for their dedication and commitment as they steered us through extraordinary times. We are delighted to have appointed Nick Collard as ceo. Nick is a tremendous leader who has already transformed the commercial operations of our business and is well placed to drive the delivery of our strategy and of a transformed customer experience.’

‘Bensons for Beds has undergone major changes over the past two years and successfully navigated difficult conditions arising from the pandemic and lockdown. We have invested across all aspects of the business, including our stores, distribution, manufacturing and revamping our website, but there is still much work to do, and our focus is now on giving customers the best standards of service possible,’ says Collard.

Collard has turned to his former employer Holland & Barrett to recruit strategy director Ed Preston to his former role at the bed chain and promoted Frankie Haynes, Bensons retail director to chief customer officer.