Bunnings’ long-serving chief executive John Gillam has announced he is stepping down from the role, but will continue to serve the business as an adviser.
Mr Gillam, who has worked with parent company Wesfarmers for 20 years and has led Bunnings for 12 years, will retain his position as chair of the Bunnings Group Council, which was set up when Wesfarmers acquired Homebase.
He will also join the advisory board of Bunnings United Kingdom and Ireland.
“John has worked in our business development team, been chief financial officer of Bunnings, company secretary of the Wesfarmers group and managing director of CSBP, before taking over as leader of Bunnings in 2004. He was also chairman of Officeworks for eight years,” Mr Goyder said.
“In every role he has been outstanding and left an indelible and positive legacy.
“Before we acquired Homebase we spent many months bedding down a new Bunnings management structure.
“That structure, which has now been in place for almost a year, is serving the business well and we look forward to John’s ongoing contribution in his new more flexible advisory role.”
Mike Schneider, Bunning Australia and New Zealand managing director, and Bunnings United Kingdom and Ireland managing director Peter Davis will both now report directly to Wesfarmers boss Richard Goyder.
Wesfarmers shares were 0.1 per cent higher to $40.25 each at 10:30am.