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Kevin O’Byrne

Non-executive Director

Kevin was appointed to the Board as a Non-executive Director in April 2008 and held the position of Senior Independent Director from April 2012 to 21 July 2016.


Kevin is a chartered accountant who trained with Arthur Andersen. He was appointed Chief Financial Officer of J Sainsbury PLC on 9 January 2017, joining them from Poundland Group PLC where he had been Chief Executive Officer from 1 July 2016 until 31 December 2016. Formerly, he was Group Finance Director of Kingfisher plc from 2008 to 2012 following which he became CEO of its B&Q and Koçtas businesses in China, Turkey, Germany and the UK, until he left that business in May 2015. His previous roles include Group Finance Director of Dixons Retail plc and European Finance Director of The Quaker Oats Company.

Skills, competencies and experience

Kevin has extensive understanding of retail trends, operations and insights gained during a number of senior financial and general management positions at large listed retailers. He is a long-standing Non-executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee who is able to use his experience gained across a property cycle to bring additional challenge to management.


Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee.