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EUROPE’S LARGEST home improvement retailer, Kingfisher, has appointed Karen Witts as group finance director.

Witts, who takes up the position during October, will join from Vodafone where she is currently CFO for Africa, Middle East, Asia and Asia Pacific – a division with sales of £13.9bn.

She succeeds Kevin O’Byrne who, as announced in February 2012, will become Kingfisher divisional CEO for B&Q.

A chartered accountant, Witts has held her position at Vodafone since June 2010 having previously worked at BT Group for more than ten years, most recently as CFO of BT Retail.

Her earlier career included financial and accounting positions at Grand Metropolitan (now Diageo) and Mars Electronics International between 1992 and 1997, and before that at The Observer newspaper.

Commenting on the appointment, Ian Cheshire, Kingfisher’s group chief executive, said Witts “has an outstanding financial and operational background at BT and Vodafone, where her international experience will be very helpful”.