Homebase appoints new managing director
Ms Echo Lu joins Homebase from Tesco and will take up her new role on April 20. She has worked for Tesco for the past 10 years across different markets and a broad range of functions. Her most recent roles were as group business planning & insight director and property director for Tesco UK & Ireland, and she was also a member of the UK board. Prior to these roles, Ms Lu held a number of roles in Tesco's Asian business, including chief operating officer for China, operations director, East China, and commercial buying for grocery.
Ms Lu commented: "I am delighted to join Home Retail Group and to lead the Homebase business. Homebase is a strong UK brand with an ambitious plan in the short-term to strengthen its foundations and exciting longer-term growth opportunities. I look forward to working with John, his executive team, the Homebase leadership team and the 18,000 Homebase colleagues to build a stronger business for the future."
“John Walden, Home Retail Group chief executive, said: She is the ideal candidate to lead Homebase and its productivity plan, as we improve the store operational standards and customer service, develop stronger customer propositions and accelerate Homebase’s digital capabilities, and realise its potential for greater growth.”