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Asda executive’s departure prompts restructure


Asda Executive Development Director Doug Gurr has announced he will be leaving the supermarket group on January 4th next year, resulting in a realignment of executive accountabilities.

Gurr has been with the business for the last four and a half years, which has coincided with the transformation of into Britain’s second-biggest home shopping service and the launch of Asda Direct.

In an internal message to Asda colleagues today, CEO and President of the grocer Andy Clarke said: “A few months ago Doug Gurr shared with me his desire to pursue a new chapter in his career, and as a result of his decision he’ll be leaving us here at Asda.

“However, I’m delighted that up until the end of March, Doug will be helping Andy Bond with the acquisition of Massmart in South Africa.”

Clarke has now taken the opportunity to restructure the operations that sit beneath him, with Simon King set to join the business as Chief Operations Officer in January where he will take responsibility for retail, supply chain, customer service and internal communications, as well as looking after new business and ISD.

Chief Financial Officer Judith McKenna will take accountability for retail development, in addition to finance.

The CEO explained: “Judith has done a sterling job overseeing our purchase of Netto, and under her leadership I’m confident Asda will continue to increase the new space we acquire and trade.”

Following these changes Property Development Director Steve Masters’ team will now report into McKenna, as will Karen Hubbard’s Supermarkets team until the completion of the Netto integration.

Chief Information Officer & Business Transformation Director Cheryl Millington’s ISD team, as well as Digital Director - New Business Mark Hodgkinson and Operations Director Clive West will report into King.

The announcements come as Kantar Worldpanel data published today shows that Asda remained the number two grocer in the UK in the 12 weeks to November 28th with 17 per cent of the market.

However, the retailer is being caught by Sainsbury’s which is just 0.6 per cent behind in terms of grocery market share.

Published on Tuesday 07 December by Editorial Assistant

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