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Property Franchise Group appoints CEO

Gareth Samples will be appointed as chief executive of the Property Franchise Group from 30 April.

Samples has been working with current CEO Ian Wilson to form a strategy on coping with the impact of COVID-19 before the latter’s retirement at the end of the month.

The company, which comprises of six estate and lettings agency groups, will also see Samples replace Wilson on the board.

Richard Martin, non-executive chairman of The Property Franchise Group, said: “We reiterate our delight that Gareth has joined the Group at this critical time and look forward to the benefit of his leadership as CEO through what will be a changed landscape as a result of COVID-19.

“We have obstacles to overcome but also potentially some new opportunities to seize to return value to all stakeholders.

“On behalf of the board of directors I extend my deep gratitude and respect for Ian’s 16 years of dedicated and expert leadership at what for the last six years has been TPFG PLC.

“The board is extraordinarily grateful to Ian for his stewardship. TPFG has fulfilled the vision of its founders, its mission of bringing uniformity and influencing raised standards across the agency sector, much of this driven by the shrewd commercial acumen of our retiring CEO. We wish Ian a very healthy, happy and long retirement.”