Taking effect

Barker, Linda
November 2004
Cabinet Maker;11/26/2004, Issue 5416, p12
Trade Publication
The article focuses on Graham Kirkham, executive chairman of DFS Furniture Company PLC., who has borrowed nearly £s;500 million to buy back DFS. What seems to have particularly frustrated Kirkham was the media interpretation of his silence on whether he would stay or go when his contract-set 11 years ago when DFS floated-expired on 14 December. Although Kirkham never publicly said he had any doubts even at the lowest ebb, he admits that there were occasions where he did have quite a few as the negotiations got to the end. With the completion of the takeover, Kirkham is feeling the freedom of his extra time, including more chance to sit in the House of Lords and focus on other issues.


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