New non-executive chairman announced for Maplin

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Maplin Electronics has announced that Darren Shapland will be appointed as non-executive chairman of the company from September 1.

Darren Shapland

Mr Shapland (pictured) takes over from John Lovering, who retired as chairman in June following the sale of Maplin to new owners Rutland Partners.

Maplin Electronics CEO John Cleland commented: “We are all delighted to have the opportunity to work with Darren.  He brings a wealth of business and retail knowledge, which will undoubtedly add momentum to the solid growth and success of the business last year.”

Maplin has reportedly doubled its product range in two years and invested both in its store estate and the creation of a new website.  Most recently, the company ran its first national television campaign featuring “Maplin Moments”.

Darren Shapland commented:  “I am delighted to be working with Maplin as non-executive chairman.  The business model is unique and the company has great plans for the future.  I’m looking forward to joining a great team.”


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