Chip Hornsby makes way for Ian Meakins, former boss of foreign exchange firm Travelex Holdings

Wolseley chief executive Chip Hornsby has stepped down with immediate effect. In an announcement today, the board said that Ian Meakins would replace him.

Hornsby became chief executive of the building materials firm in August 2006, initially joining the firm through its acquisition of Ferguson in 1982.

Ian Meakins joins the firm after being chief executive of Travelex Holdings, the foreign exchange business.

Chip Hornsby
Hornsby became chief executive in 2006, having joined the firm in 1982

John Whybrow, chairman of Wolseley, said: “The board recognises Chip's significant contribution to the group throughout a long and distinguished career, including nearly three years as chief executive, during which time Wolseley has faced some extremely difficult market conditions, and we wish him well for the future.”