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IKEA UK and Ireland boss quitting for US role after less than a year at helm


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The UK and Ireland boss of Ikea is leaving after less than a year in the role to head up its US arm.

Javier Quinones is departing to become retail manager in the US next month, after just eight months in his current role.

Mr Quinones took on the role of country retail manager for the UK and Ireland last June.

He replaced Gillian Drakeford, who moved to become Ikea retail system manager at Inter Ikea Systems - the owner of the Ikea Concept and worldwide franchiser.

A spokesman for the Swedish flat pack furniture giant said: "His appointment supports Ikea's continued ambition to create a better everyday life for the many people.

"His successor in the UK and Ireland will be announced in due course."

In the US, Mr Quinones will replace Lars Petersson, who will be retiring after 36 years with the retailer.

Ikea recently announced 7,500 job cuts across its global operations, including 20 jobs in Ireland.

Ikea currently employs 730 staff at its two outlets here - the full-sized store in Ballymun and its order and collection point in Carrickmines, South Dublin.

"We are transforming our business to better meet the needs of our customers and be more convenient and affordable to more people," said Ireland market manager Claudia Marshall said of the reshuffle.

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"The impact on the Irish business is minimal and at this stage we anticipate that over the next two years, potentially less than 20 jobs out of the 730 in Ireland may be made redundant."

Last October, the Swedish group said it has no plans to open further stores in Ireland, despite strong growth in sales.

The blow comes just days ahead of the official opening of Ikea's new megastore in Greenwich, south east London, on Thursday.

However, this store opening is expected to create around 500 new jobs, looking to create 11,500 new roles in total by 2020.

Mr Quinones began his career at Ikea more than 20 years ago, first starting at Ikea Badalona in Barcelona as a part time co-worker in the self serve department.

He joined the Ikea UK and Ireland division in 2014 as deputy retail manager.

Additional reporting Press Association

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