Name: Allan Leighton Positions: Assorted non-executive directorships Companies: Willson Connolly (house-builder) Dyson (vacuum cleaners) The jobs: Wal-Mart Europe president and chief executive Allan Leighton prepares to bring his wealth of retail skills to bear on a wide spectrum of business activities following his departure from Asda. While the building trade is not considered sexy, during his time as deputy chairman of Willson Connolly Leighton has been impressed by the firm's attempts to cut supply chain costs. He took up the post, plus another with Dyson, this week. They follow an earlier non-exec directorship with Lastminute.com travel agency. Background: Pat your back pocket when signing on the dotted line for a new house and consider the merits of a bagless vacuum cleaner for the carpets. {{PEOPLE MOVES }}