Kingfisher has appointed a boss of trendy technology firm Apple to its board in a non-executive capacity.

Pascal Cagni, Apple’s vice-president and general manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, is expected to help B&Q-owner Kingfisher develop its digital business operations.

Kingfisher group chief executive Ian Cheshire said: “His background will be of particular as we develop our multichannel strategy.

“In addition, his extensive international business experience and understanding of retailing will be extremely useful.

“This appointment underlines our ambition to create growth for Kingfisher through investment in the digital strategies of our brands.”

Cagni has been with Apple for 10 years and has previously worked for companies including Compaq and Booz Allen Hamilton.