Sprue (AIM: SPRP), one of Europe’s leading home safety products suppliers, is pleased to announce the appointment with immediate effect of Neil Smith as Group Chief Executive. Neil who is based at the Company’s head office in Coventry, reports to the Board and his focus is on managing the Group’s sales and marketing teams and the Group’s operations, including logistics. In accordance with the commitment made in the Company’s admission document published on 24 April 2014, Graham Whitworth has relinquished the role of Group Chief Executive and remains Executive Chairman of the Company.
Neil (aged 43) has a background as a successful senior leader with strategic retail and brand experience gained at market leading blue chip, multi-channel businesses spanning Kingfisher plc (B&Q), Halfords Group plc, Home Retail Group plc and Boots Retail Group. In addition, Neil has extensive knowledge and success of Far East sourcing, brand development and international retailing. Neil holds a degree in Business Studies and a Diploma in Marketing.
Commenting on the appointment, Graham Whitworth said: “Neil’s addition to the senior management team significantly strengthens and extends our capabilities at a time when the business is well positioned for further growth and I am sure he will make a significant contribution to the business.”