Royal Mail boss to replace Grenville Turner at Countrywide

Countrywide Peter Long February 2016

Countrywide non-executive chairman Grenville Turner will retire at the company’s annual general meeting in April.

The firm will replace him with Royal Mail chairman Peter Long, who has joined initially as a non-executive director and will take over Turner’s role on 27 April.

Long recently stepped down as joint chief executive of TUI AG. Prior to this he held various senior roles within the leisure and retail industries.

Chief executive Alison Platt says: “On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Grenville for his dedication and significant commitment to the development of Countrywide during his tenure. As chairman and previously as CEO, Grenville has been unwavering in his stewardship of Countrywide. Personally, he has been unstinting in his support and guidance for me and his counsel has been invaluable.

“I am pleased that Peter has accepted the role of chairman and would like to welcome him to Countrywide. I and the entire board look forward to working with him as Countrywide pursue its strategic objectives.”

Long says: “I am delighted to be joining the Countrywide plc board as chairman and am looking forward to working with Alison and her team. The group has a clear focus on its customers as it executes its strategy and generates long-term sustainable shareholder value.”

This appointment is subject to FCA approval.