DFS has appointed former Alliance Boots director Ian Filby to the position of chief executive.

Filby, who takes up the position in September, has 30 years retailing experience, primarily at the pharmaceuticals retail giant. He will work alongside chairman Richard Baker, who replaced the sofa retailer’s founder Lord Kirkham when it was sold to Advent International in April.

Filby’s most recent roles at Alliance Boots were retail brand development director and trading director.

Until January of this year, Filby was also interim chief executive for loyalty scheme company Nectar.

DSF chairman Richard Baker said: “Having worked with Ian at Boots for four years, I have had first-hand experience of his skills and capabilities.  Ian is perfectly suited to the role of chief executive of DFS.  His core strengths are in the areas of marketing and brand development, product and range management, store format development as well as online, which are all key elements of the DFS business model.” 

Filby said: “I am delighted to be joining the DFS team.  I am looking forward to both leading the company through its next period of growth and to working with Richard once again.  DFS is a strong brand with a unique culture and I believe that it has an exciting future ahead.”