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Dubai fit-out company Depa Group fills two non-exec positions

Appointees include Gerard Hutchinson, CFO of AF Construction, a subsidiary of UAE-based Al Futtaim Group

Depa is a Dubai-based company.
Depa is a Dubai-based company.

Nasdaq Dubai-listed interior fit-out and manufacturing firm Depa Group has appointed two finance experts as non-executive directors, including Gerard Hutchinson, the chief financial officer of AF Construction – a wholly-owned unit of business conglomerate Al Futtaim Group.

A chartered accountant with more than 25 years’ experience in the construction, engineering, manufacturing, resources, and services industries, Hutchinson has previously served at Australia-based engineering and construction firms Benthic Geotech and Ausgroup.

According to a Depa Group bourse missive on 4 July, his professional practice also includes commercial management, risk management, capital raising and structured finance, and strategic management initiatives.

Retired accountant Edward Quinlan has also joined as an independent non-executive director, according to a separate missive on Nasdaq Dubai.

Quinlan joined the Kuwait office of a 'Big 4' accountancy firm as a qualified chartered accountant in 1973, spending his entire career with that firm in the Middle East until his retirement in 2010. 

Following his retirement, he has been involved in a non-executive capacity with a number of organisations in Dubai, including as chairman of Depa's Audit and Compliance Committee since 2013.

The appointment announcements come just days after Kevin Lewis was officially appointed as Depa Group’s CEO, weeks after he took over in an acting capacity on 25 April, 2019.

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