Travis Perkins hires Lafarge’s Grimason as GC

Building and DIY retailer Travis Perkins Group has appointed Deborah Grimason as its new general counsel.

She will step into the shoes of former GC John Carter, who has taken up the role of Travis Perkins’ new Chief Executive.

Grimason joins the company from UK construction group Lafarge Tarmac, where she held the dual roles of general counsel and company secretary after it was formed in January 2013.

She has worked in managing legal and corporate affairs for a wealth of high profile organisations over the past 25 years, including Royal Mail, Nokia, and the British Coal Corporation.

Travis Perkins’ group HR director Carol Kavanagh said in a statement: “We’re always looking for people of the highest calibre, and we’re confident that Deborah’s extensive experience will be a real asset to the Group.”

The Travis Perkins Group has turned to firms including Linklaters, and Slaughter and May in the past. In 2009, Linklaters partners Nicola Mayo and Richard Godden advised on its £300m rights issue (18 May 2009), while Slaughters’ Robert Stern and Stephen Cooke were instructed on its £558m takeover of BSS Group the following year (12 July 2010).

Just last summer, Grimason oversaw Lafarge Tarmac’s first legal panel review, gifting Nabarro and Freeth Cartwright spots after a competitive pitching process.