Travis Perkins has appointed Robert Walker as a non-executive director, with the intention of seeing him succeed Tim Stevenson as non-executive Chairman after the Annual General Meeting in May 2010.
Walker is currently Chairman of WH Smith PLC, BCA Europe Ltd (British Car Auctions), Americana International Holdings Ltd and a non-executive director of Tate & Lyle PLC.
He has previously been Chairman of Williams Lea Group Ltd, Chief Executive of Severn Trent Plc, and a non-executive director of BAA Plc, Signet Group Plc, Thomson Travel Group Plc and Wolseley plc.
Tim Stevenson said: “As our shareholders would expect, we have conducted a thorough search for my successor as Chairman. The board is now pleased to confirm that Robert Walker has accepted the board’s invitation to become a non executive director and to become non-executive Chairman in May next year.
“I have had a very rewarding eight years as Chairman. The Company has grown significantly, developed sustainable market leading positions and successfully met the challenges posed in both recessionary and expansionary periods.
“Robert will inherit a highly regarded executive management team and an exceptionally strong focus on outperformance. I look forward to working alongside him before he steps up to lead the board next year.”