Livingston joins Dixons Carphone board
Former BT chief executive Lord Livingston, a director of Celtic Football Club, has joined the board of Dixons Carphone alongside former Asda/Walmart UK CEO Tony DeNunzio.
Earlier this week it was announced that he is to become chairman of the hedge fund Man Group.
Livingston served as Dixons Group chief financial officer between 1996 and 2002, having worked with the business for more than a decade. He joined BT in the same role before stepping up to CEO in 2008. He was made a Conservative life peer in 2013, taking the title Baron Livingston of Parkhead, and served as trade and investment minister.
He trained as an accountant with Arthur Andersen and became the first chief accountant of The Independent newspaper. He moved to Bank of America and then private equity firm 3i.
He joined Dixons Group in 1991 and became the youngest FTSE 100 finance director at the age of 32.
He became a director of Celtic on 1 October 2007 but after he voted for cutting tax credits in the recent Lords debate, Celtic fans launched a petition to have him removed from the board.
Sir Charles Dunstone, chairman, said: “I am very pleased to be able to announce the appointments of two such experienced and talented new members of our board. I feel that, in Ian and Tony, we have found perfect additions to our distinguished board, which give us very helpful additional expertise in our core business of retail and our developing telecoms and B2B services areas.”
Current deputy chairman Roger Taylor has stepped down, along with John Gildersleeve.