11-09-2013, 05:01 PM

Hornbach Holding AG: Kingfisher directors withdraw from HORNBACH Supervisory Board

Hornbach Holding AG  / Key word(s): Change of Personnel

11.09.2013 17:01

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Kingfisher directors withdraw from HORNBACH Supervisory Board

Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, September 11, 2013.
The directors from British retail group Kingfisher plc, London, have
resigned from the Supervisory Board of HORNBACH HOLDING AG. Kevin O'Byrne
(Kingfisher Divisional CEO, B&Q) and David Paramor (Finance and Planning
Director, Kingfisher plc) will thus retire from the supervisory body as of
September 11, 2013. Kingfisher's representative on the Supervisory Board of
the HORNBACH-Baumarkt-AG subsidiary, John Declerck (Group Strategy
Director, Kingfisher plc), will also retire from his position at the same

The reason given was that this precautionary measure would avoid any
potential conflicts of interest resulting from these directors' involvement
in their companies' respective expansion strategies. Since its takeover of
15 Bricostore DIY stores in Romania in May 2013, Kingfisher has been in
direct competition with its German cooperation partner for the first time
since the strategic alliance with HORNBACH began in December 2001. As
announced by Kingfisher upon the publication of its interim results on
September 11, 2013, the British company is planning its own market launch
in Germany in summer 2014, in this case with four trial 'Screwfix' stores,
a small-scale specialist retail format aimed at professional customers.

Kingfisher holds a qualified minority shareholding of 25% plus two shares
in the voting capital of HORNBACH HOLDING AG. Moreover, Kingfisher owns
17.4% of the publicly listed preference shares in HORNBACH HOLDING AG (ISIN
DE0006083439) and 5.2% of the publicly listed ordinary shares in
HORNBACH-Baumarkt-AG (ISIN DE0006084403).

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Language:     English
Company:      Hornbach Holding AG
              Le Quartier Hornbach 19
              67433 Neustadt an der Weinstraße
ISIN:         DE0006083439
WKN:          608343
Indices:      SDAX
Listed:       Regulierter Markt in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Freiverkehr
              in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hannover, München, Stuttgart
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