Health & beauty retailer Boots is this month making further changes to its senior beauty team, with two experienced fast moving consumer goods professionals joining the business.
Former boss of beauty brand L’Oreal’s Portuguese operation Guy Farmer and ex-Birdseye UK & Ireland General Manager Anne Murphy have been named as directors of trading at Boots, with the former starting at the company last Thursday and the latter arriving on October 1st.
Both new recruits will report to former Boots UK Commercial Director Ken Murphy, who was appointed as Chief Operating Officer during a senior management reshuffle earlier this summer.
As part of the changes at Boots, implemented in the wake of Andy Hornby’s resignation as CEO of parent company Alliance Boots in March, Ken Murphy and ex-Retail Director Simon Roberts now split the day-to-day commercial responsibilities and work under Health & Beauty CEO Alex Gourlay.
Developments to the make-up of the Boots management team were deemed necessary in order to provide a better balance between everyday performance of the retailer and the longer-term development of Boots UK, Boots Ireland and Boots Opticians.
With this in mind Alison Hands will take up the role of Commercial Director for Boots Opticians from the start of next month, taking over from Helen Miller who is “pursuing other opportunities within the wider Alliance Boots group”.
The search for Hornby’s replacement as CEO of Alliance Boots continues though, with the executive team set to reveal his successor in “due course”.
Gourlay, along with Financial Director George Fairweather and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Wholesale Division Ornella Barra, are among the obvious internal candidates to assume the role having overseen another strong 12 months of trading at the business.
The group’s British health & beauty retail arm, Boots UK, increased its like-for-like (LFL) dispensing volume by 3.6 per cent in the year ending March 31st 2011, while LFL retail revenue inclusive of VAT was up 1.2 per cent over the same period.
Alliance Boots, which includes global wholesale and pharmaceutical operations, reported a trading profit of £1.3 billion - up 14.2 per cent year-on-year.