Hamish paton  14.09.2016

Rent-to-own retail chain BrightHouse has confirmed that Leo McKee is to retire from the position of chief executive officer at the end of the month.

After 11 years at the helm, Leo will officially step down on 30 September 2016 and will be succeeded by Hamish Paton (pictured) as the company’s new CEO.

Hamish Paton, commercial managing director, joined the company in 2006, taking up a Board position the following year. In 2009, Hamish became commercial director, responsible for buying, marketing and business strategy.

In April 2015, Hamish was promoted to commercial managing director, to chair the Trading Board, and with accountability for buying, supply chain, marketing, and retail operations.

BrightHouse chairman, Henry Staunton, said: “Leo has had a long and distinguished career. At BrightHouse, his transformational leadership in customer service and with colleagues has been pivotal in developing our vibrant nationwide business.

“In retirement, Leo is looking forward to spending more time pursuing his diverse social interests. He also will be able to draw upon his broad business experience in new ventures. I thank him for his contribution, and wish him the very best for the future.”

Commenting on Hamish’s appointment, Henry Staunton said: “As a top executive, Hamish Paton has made a significant contribution to BrightHouse for more than ten years. He is an innovative thinker with exceptional interpersonal skills.

“His operational focus has ensured that he has been a central part of the Board’s thinking on succession planning. I’m confident that he is well qualified to step up to the CEO role, and look forward to working with him in his new capacity.”