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JJB Sports strengthens management team

JJB Sports has appointed Colin Tranter as director of retail and product and Lawrence Coppock as finance director. Peter Williams has stepped down from the board.

Colin Tranter was previously managing director of CAT International, and also held several buying and sourcing roles for a range of UK retailers including River Island. Tranter will be charged with rejuvenating JJB’s product ranges and its stores.

“With our financial restructuring progressing very well we have all the tools to develop this group into Britain’s premier sports retailer, for customers who are serious about their sport.”

Sir David Jones, executive chairman, JJB Sports

Lawrence joins JJB from Wyndeham Press Group. Prior to that he worked as finance director at furnishings chain MFI and was also finance director of DIY retailer B&Q.

Peter Williams, who joined JJB Sports last December, to help with its turnaround strategy, will step down from the board on May 31. Williams was instrumental in the completion of JJB Sports’ Company Voluntary Agreement, which was approved by shareholders and creditors earlier this month.

JJB Sports said that the board extended its sincere gratitude to Peter, who is said had played a pivotal role in guiding and rescuing the business at the most difficult time in its history.

JJB Sports executive chairman Sir David Jones said: “I am delighted that two people of Lawrence’s and Colin’s calibre have agreed to join us and take on the task of renewing and rebuilding JJB. With our financial restructuring progressing very well we have all the tools to develop this group into Britain’s premier sports retailer, for customers who are serious about their sport”.

“At the same time I would like to express my enormous thanks to Peter, who was there for JJB when we needed a man of his skills most. He worked tirelessly to rescue this business.”

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