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Sports Direct appoints Jon Kempster as Chief Financial Officer

20 July 2017 07:42

Sports Direct is pleased to announce the appointment of Jon Kempster as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Jon will join the Company as CFO and an Executive Director on the Board on 11 September 2017.

Jon joins Sports Direct with a wealth of public company experience in multinational organisations across multiple sectors, and has a strong track record of delivering operational performance transformation, corporate development and restructuring, strategy implementation and investor relations.

From July 2010 to November 2012 Jon was Group Finance Director of UK logistics & distribution group Wincanton and was part of the executive team which led the successful implementation of a new strategy which delivered a performance turnaround of the group.

Prior to Wincanton, Jon was Group Finance Director of industrial group Delta plc between November 2006 - July 2010.

Jon was part of the executive team which successfully restructured the group leading to improved performance and profitability and which resulted in the sale of the group in April 2010.

In addition to the roles highlighted above, during his career Jon has served as Chief Financial Officer of industrial group Low & Bonar (Mar 2001 - Mar 2006), housebuilder Linden Homes plc (Sep 1999 - Dec 2000), international footwear manufacturer Fii Group PLC (Oct 1998 - Aug 1999) and JVM Group, a private company selling construction equipment (Dec 2012 to date), as FD before becoming a Non-Executive Director.

Jon joined the Board of Redcentric, an IT managed services Group, as a Non-Executive Director earlier this year to assist in the recovery phase of the Group. Jon was also a Non-Executive Director of Utilitywise plc before stepping up to the CFO role there to aid management transition (Oct 2013 - Dec 2016).

Jon qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in 1990 and has a BA (Hons) in Business Studies from the University of Liverpool.

Dr Keith Hellawell, Chairman of Sports Direct, commented: "We look forward to welcoming Jon to Sports Direct.

"His breadth of experience and proven track record will be a significant asset to the company."

Jon Kempster said: "I am really excited to be joining Sports Direct, and I look forward to working with Mike and the team."

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