Travis chairman buys first shares

Published:  02 November, 2009

LONDON: Robert Walker, chairman-designate of Travis Perkins, bought his first shares in the builders' merchant.

Mr Walker, appointed to the Travis Perkins board last September, is due to take over as chairman from Tim Stevenson in May 2010.

Mr Walker bought 25 000 shares for £194,000.

He is currently chairman of WH Smith and a non-executive director of Tate & Lyle. Previously he was a non-executive director of plumbing products distributor Wolseley.

Mr Walker's executive background is in consumer products gained with Procter & Gamble and PepsiCo.

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