Grainger appoints Robert Hudson as next CFO

Grainger appoints Robert Hudson as next CFO

Grainger plc has appointed Robert Hudson as next chief financial officer (CFO).

Robert Hudson is currently chief finance and operations officer of St. Modwen Properties plc and from April 2020 was the interim chief executive, relinquishing this role when the new CEO joined in November.

He has over 26 years’ experience in finance and real estate; immediately prior to St. Modwen he was group financial controller at FTSE 100 REIT, British Land Co plc, from 2011-2015. From 2000-2011 he held senior financial roles at Experian plc, including global finance director of its decision analytics business and UK Finance Director. He is a qualified chartered accountant from PwC.

Hudson, who will join Grainger as an executive director on the PLC Board, is expected to start later this year. He will succeed Vanessa Simms, who informed the board in October 2020 of her intention to step down as CFO during 2021.

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“We are delighted that Rob will be joining Grainger as our next CFO. His extensive experience and expertise within the UK real estate sector will bring a valuable contribution to Grainger as we continue to invest responsibly, drive growth and continually improve the business, while delivering strong results and attractive shareholder returns. On behalf of the Board and all of my colleagues, I welcome Rob to Grainger and look forward to working with him,” said Helen Gordon, Chief Executive of Grainger.

“I am delighted to be joining Grainger at this important time in the growth of the company. Grainger has a leading position as the UK’s largest listed residential landlord and is central to the UK’s housing agenda of delivering high quality rental homes. I am looking forward to being part of the Grainger team and playing a key role in the pursuit of its well-established growth strategy,” said Rob Hudson.