It’s been quite a year for the boss of Kingfisher UK. Appointed in June last year, the former Superdrug chief took the helm at a turbulent time. The bottom fell out of the housing market and the whole DIY sector suffered as a result.
But, thanks to a rejuvenation programme this year that has included a radical shake-up of store standards and slashing the costs of running the business, Sutherland has guided the retailer back into positive sales territory.
Analyst forecasts were smashed when Kingfisher’s UK arm - comprising B&Q and Screwfix - nearly doubled its retail profit to £61m in the 13 weeks to May 2. Sutherland has also spearheaded a £18m overhaul of B&Q’s showrooms, seeing it go head to head with rivals such as Ikea. He may have one of the toughest jobs in retail, but the giant Scotsman is making it all look decidedly easy.