Card Factory announces Darcy Willson-Rymer as upcoming CEO

– UK, Wakefield –  Card Factory PLC (LON: CARD), the UK’s leading specialist retailer of greeting cards and complementary products, today announced the appointment of Darcy Willson-Rymer as CEO. He will join on 8 March 2021, following the expiry of his notice period.

“I am delighted to announce that Darcy is joining Card Factory as our CEO. Darcy has excellent credentials and experience to lead Card Factory through the next phase of our evolution and to continue to lead the implementation of the refreshed strategy. He has experienced successfully leading a complex, multi-site retail business in Costcutter, held senior positions in two customer service-centred global branded businesses in Starbucks and Yum, in particular, where he led a business with an operating model encompassing both owned and franchised units. Darcy brings highly relevant knowledge and experience that will hugely benefit Card Factory.” said Executive Chairman, Paul Moody. 

Executive Chairman, Paul Moody will end when Darcy joins the business, at which time Paul will revert to his role as non-executive Chairman.

About Darcy Willson-Rymer

Darcy will join Card Factory from Costcutter Supermarkets, where he has served as CEO for the last eight years. During his time at Costcutter, Darcy successfully steered a nationwide multi-site owned and franchised convenience retail business through a period of significant change, including the development of a new operating model, introduction of a data and insights led business growth programme that realised a 20% sales uplift and led the brand transformation of Costcutter.

Before this, Darcy was CEO of Clinton Cards plc from 2011 to 2012. Before joining Clinton Cards, Darcy held a range of roles in international branded businesses, including Managing Director (UK & Ireland) of Starbucks Coffee Company; and senior roles at Yum Restaurants International, including Operations Director of KFC Great Britain; and Director of Operations and Franchise, Europe, KFC and Pizza Hut.

Darcy Willson-Rymer, CEO commented: “As a long-standing admirer of Card Factory, I am thrilled to be able to lead the business through the next phase of its growth journey. Working with the team at Card Factory, my ambition is to unlock the true potential of the business by delivering its transformation strategy in the UK and internationally.”

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