James Barnes and Sharon Brown leave Dobbies

Dobbies have confirmed that CEO James Barnes and Finance Director Sharon Brown left the garden centre business yesterday.

Parent company Tesco, who gained full control of Dobbies five years ago, remains committed to the garden centre brand, added the spokesperson. There will be no change in strategy, but they will be looking at ways to unlock the potential of the business through all channels.

“The company is grateful of the contribution made by both James and Sharon.”

James Barnes? family founded the Dobbies business and were shareholders until the sale to Tesco in 2007.

The spokesperson said Dobbies will be recruiting an new CEO and a new finance director in due course.

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