Hilco flies in HMV savior Ian Topping to help turnaround Homebase

BEN STEVENS | October 19, 2018

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HMV’s former chief executive Ian Topping has been brought in by Homebase in the hopes he can deliver a turnaround.Topping has been appointed as non-executive chairman by Homebase’s owner Hilco Capital, which also owns HMV.It is hoped that Topping can repeat the turnaround he brought about at HMV, taking the company from near collapse back to profitability during his five-year tenure as chief executive.The embattled DIY retailer was purchased by Hilco Capital in June for just £1 after a disastrous attempt by Australian retail conglomerate Wesfarmer’s to use it as a springboard into the UK market. After purchasing the company in 2016, Wesfarmers began to convert Homebase stores to its Bunnings fascia, resulting in a loss on the disposal of between £200 million to £230 million and forcing it to jump ship and sell the UK arm of company to Hilco for £1.

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