Dunelm Group plc has announced the appointment of Ajay Kavan and Daniel Taylor as non-executive directors. When they join the board from 1 March 2024, they will both also become members of the audit and risk, remuneration and nominations committees.
Kavan is a senior adviser to the global investment firm KKR and a member of the advisory panel to Piper Private Equity. He serves in a non-executive capacity on the board of Rohlik Group, a European e-grocery technology company and an Index Ventures-backed unicorn, and he is vice chair at In Kind Direct, a charity established by The Prince of Wales in 1997.
Chief executive officer of Matches Fashion from 2020 to 2021, Kavan was previously an Amazon vice president, from 2011 to 2020. Prior to this, he held executive roles at Kingfisher and Home Retail Group.
Taylor brings experience in digital, consumer-facing brands. He is currently chief executive officer of Flutter International at global betting and gaming company Flutter Entertainment plc (formerly Paddy Power Betfair plc), a role he has held since 2020. Prior to this, he was CEO of Paddy Power Betfair. Taylor has also held senior roles at Teletext Holidays and DMG Media.
Alison Brittain, chair of Dunelm, said: “I am very pleased to welcome Ajay and Dan to Dunelm. Their appointments reflect our ongoing focus on ensuring effective board composition and complementary skill sets.
“Ajay’s experience across a range of well-known retailers strengthens our board as we continue to drive multi-channel growth across our total retail system. Dan’s experience, particularly in the delivery of digital growth strategies in consumer-facing businesses, will add further expertise and value as we continue to evolve and improve our customer proposition. I look forward to working with them both.”