UK supermarket Morrisons has made one internal promotion and three appointments to newly created roles in a re-jig of its management structure, it was announced today.
Belinda Youngs, Nick Collard and Gordon Mowat have all been hired by the grocer, in the roles of Own Brand Director, Commercial Director for Ambient & Frozen and Strategy Director respectively.
Richard Lancaster has been promoted to the role of Marketing Director following the departure from the company of previous Group Marketing and Communications Director Angus Maciver.
Morrisons CEO Dalton Philips said: “I am delighted to welcome Belinda, Gordon and Nick to Morrisons. They are outstanding businesspeople and together represent a big step forward in the strength of our operational and strategic capabilities and the pace at which we can execute.
“We also continue to develop internal talent with an individual of the calibre of Richard Lancaster becoming Marketing Director. I’m confident they will all make an immediate impact in their new roles.”
Youngs has previous experience as a buyer and senior trader for Sainsbury’s and joins from Sobeys where she was Chief Marketing Officer, whilst Collard worked for health & beauty retailer Boots as Brands Director and Mowat was a leader of McKinsey & Company’s European Consumer Goods and Retail Practice.
In interim results for the retailer in September, Philips outlined “many opportunities ahead to drive our top line, increase efficiencies in the business and to capture growth”, and these appointments are part of Morrisons transformation plans designed to achieve these goals.
Norman Pickavance, Group Human Resources Director, said: “The competition for senior talent in the retail sector has never been fiercer.
“That Morrisons appeals to such a strong and broad line up of talent from such well-regarded competitors is a clear endorsement of the opportunities that we are able to offer and the culture that we have developed.”