Strategy & Operations » Leadership & Management » Video: Karen Witts on talent

Karen Witts, Chief Financial Officer at Kingfisher, says that the biggest thing she is looking for when it comes to hiring is curiosity: what’s going on within the business as well as outside the business.

To keep staff engaged, she shares the business story and hopes that they will feel the same enthusiasm by being able to describe the kinds of career paths that employees can have – whether in finance or another function.


Karen Witts is a seasoned Chief Financial Officer and chartered accountant with a strong background in finance and management across a variety of sectors. Prior to joining Kingfisher, she served as Chief Financial Officer, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Asia Pacific for Vodafone plc and before that spent 11 years in Finance Director and General Management roles at BT. Karen has also worked in companies including Diageo and Mars. She is a non-executive director of Imperial Brands plc and Chairman of its Audit Committee.