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Land-based and online operator The Rank Group has announced the appointment of Richard Harris as group chief financial officer and board director, with effect from 1 May 2022.

Harris joins Rank from London-based estate agency Foxtons, where he has held the role of CFO since June 2019.

During his time with Foxtons, Rank said Harris has helped navigate the business through the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, led a broad range of M&A activities, and delivered significant cost improvement across the business.

Prior to joining Foxtons, Harris was group financial controller for electronics and technology business Laird plc, in addition to spending 11 years at retailer Marks and Spencer in several senior finance roles.

“I am delighted to be joining Rank at this exciting time in the Group’s journey,” Harris said.

“I have enjoyed meeting various members of the team and look forward to working closely with them, [chief executive] John [O’Reilly] and the Board to deliver the Group’s strategy.”

John O’Reilly added: “I am delighted to announce Richard’s appointment as our incoming Group CFO. 

“His extensive experience across a number of senior financial and operational roles will be invaluable as we continue to deliver the next phase of Rank’s transformation plan. I look forward to welcoming Richard into the Group in 2022.”

As previously announced by the operator, current director of group finance Simon Hay will act as interim CFO from 1 January 2022, and will continue in the role until Harris joins the business in May.

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