Hamid will remain at Halfords as an adviser to the board until the end of June. Halfords chairman Rob Templeman said: 'We are sorry that David is retiring because of his poor health and the board would like to place on record its appreciation of his valuable contribution to the business. We are very fortunate to be able to appoint Ian immediately. He has great credentials for the job and has played an important role in running the business. We are confident that Halfords Group will continue to fulfil its potential under Ian's leadership.'