Kingfisher chief operating officer Euan Sutherland has joined the retailer’s board.

Sutherland, who was promoted to his current role in February after spending four years as chief executive of B&Q and Kingfisher UK, will join the board on October 1 alongside Philippe Tible, chief executive of Castorama and Brico Depot.

Karen Witts, who was named group finance director in July, is also set to take a seat on the board in October.

The appointments are part of a “planned evolution” of the Kingfisher board, following the announcement of the new senior management structure in February and the launch of its ‘Creating the Leader’ plan in March. The changes mean that all five of Kingfisher’s group executives are on its main board.

Kingfisher chairman Daniel Bernard said: “We have a strong board, diverse in skills, age and gender, and with an excellent mix of experience gained at Ikea, Tesco, Apple and Carrefour. I’m sure that Euan, Philippe and Karen will add to these strengths and I look forward to working with them.”

Kingfisher chief executive Ian Cheshire said: ” With Kevin O’Byrne [Kingfisher divisional chief executive, B&Q] already a board member, it was natural that Euan and Philippe should follow suit as we pursue the next phase of our development through the Creating the Leader programme. I am proud of the strength in depth of the management team here at Kingfisher and that we have been able to promote from within for these board positions.”