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Travis Perkins gets new finance chief

Builders merchant group Travis Perkins has found a replacement for Paul Hampden Smith, the group finance director who announced his retirement last week.

Tony Buffin will join the company from Coles Group, an Australian retail business with AU$32bn turnover, where he has been Chief Financial Officer since July 2009 and where he is responsible for finance, property, IT, strategy and financial services.

Prior to joining Coles, Buffin held a number of senior finance and general management roles including, financial controller of the Boots Group and CFO and Chief Executive Officer of the international business of Aimia, a loyalty management company.

He will join Travis Perkins at some point during the second quarter of 2013, with Hampden Smith staying on until September 2013 to ensure a proper handover.

Robert Walker, Chairman of Travis Perkins, said: “It was important that we replaced Paul Hampden Smith with the right candidate and the board believes that it has achieved this with the appointment of Tony, whose track record speaks for itself. We believe he will become an important addition to our senior executive team.”

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