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Ian Durant, Chair, DFS Furniture plc
Ian Durant
DFS Furniture plc

Ian Durant is Chair leading UK upholstery retailer, DFS Furniture; and Greggs, the bakery retail business.

He was previously Chair of London property investment and development company, Capital and Counties Properties; Senior Independent Director of pubs and brewing business Greene King and a Non-executive Director of Home Retail Group (which owned Argos and Homebase).

Ian also chaired the Audit Committees of Home Retail Group and Greene King, and was also an Advisory Board member of Eurosite Power Inc, the energy business.

In his earlier career he worked with Hanson (Allders Department Stores and Duty Free) and Jardine Matheson (where for 12 years he was based in Hong Kong). He was Finance Director of commercial real estate giant Hongkong Land, Asian and Australasian food retailer Dairy Farm International, and Thistle Hotels. As CFO he took Seacontainers into a break up under US Chapter 11 in 2006.

Before taking on his current non-executive portfolio, he was Finance Director of FTSE 100 property company Liberty International. He is a Chartered Accountant.