Paris, FRA. — Simmons Bedding Group owner Cauval Industries has hired the former head of IKEA France Jean-Louis Baillot as chief operating officer.

Mr Baillot — who ran the Swedish retailer’s French business for more than a decade until 2009 — takes the COO post at the circa €420m turnover Paris headquartered furniture manufacturing group from 1st December.

Other changes include Marcel Bender becoming Chief Financial Officer and Caroline Deschaumes assuming responsibility for managing the group’s international business.

The changes are brought about in part by the retirement from the operating board of the business of co-owner and CEO Gilles Silberman.

Cauval’s interests include Sleepeezee brand owner Simmons Bedding Group, which is based in Rochester, Kent.

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