The Leeds has appointed Carol Kavanagh as a non-executive director.
Kavanagh is a human resources director and one of only nine directors on the main board at Argos.
Born in Leeds, Kavanagh was educated at Manchester University and Nottingham Trent University and achieved a BA Hons in Latin with French and an MA in strategic human resource management.
During her career, she has gained over 20 years experience in retail and this will be her only non-executive appointment. She will continue in her senior role at Argos.
Kavanagh says: “I was born in Leeds and have very strong connections with the city. The opportunity to work for a highly successful independent building society based in Leeds is particularly exciting and I look forward to strengthening and building even greater links in the area.
“Financial services is a growing area and I hope my experience in retailing, combined with my expertise as a HR professional, will enable me to add value to both customers and staff of the society.”
Ian Ward, chief executive of the Leeds, says: “This is an excellent appointment and I am delighted to welcome Carol to the board. Our success has been based on offering value for money products to our members combined with excellent customer service. Carol will assist us in developing our, already high, levels of professionalism and enhancing our customer proposition further.”