JD Sports CFO Brian Small to retire

Neil Greenhalgh has been promoted to chief financial officer of JD Sports to succeed Brian Small, who is retiring from this role on 31 October, the British sports chain announced on Tuesday.


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Greenhalgh, currently group finance director, joined JD Sports in 2004, and will formally by appointed chief financial officer on 1 November. The company said he has been “deeply involved” in all aspects of the business’ growth and international expansion over the last 14 years and has already started fulfilling many aspects of his new job in anticipation of his appointment.

Peter Cowgill, executive chairman of JD, said in a statement: "I would like to thank Brian for his valuable contribution and support over the last 15 years at JD and we wish him well in his retirement. I would also like to welcome Neil to the board of JD. The board is delighted that a planned succession has been achieved. Neil has already made a substantial contribution to JD and his promotion to the board will enable him to contribute still further.''

Small joined JD Sports Fashion plc as chief financial officer in 2003, and had previously held a variety of senior finance roles at companies including Intercare, St Helens Glass, Barr and Wallace Arnold Trust and Kosset Carpets.

Last month, JD Sports announced a 19% increase in profit before tax for the 26 weeks to 4 August, with revenues up 35% to £1.8 billion as the business enjoyed “resilient profitability” in its core UK and Ireland market.

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