Steven Esom has today been named as the new Chairman of BRC Trading, the commercial arm of the British Retail Consortium (BRC).
Having previously worked as Executive Director of Food at Marks & Spencer and the Managing Director of Waitrose, Epsom joins the BRC with a wealth of industry experience.
Previous Chairman Gordon Brown stepped down in August 2010 due to ill health and David Adams has been holding the position on a temporary basis ever since.
Director General of the British Retail Consortium, Stephen Robertson, said: “BRC Trading is going from strength to strength. It’s a measure of its success that someone of Steven’s calibre has chosen to take on this role.
“As it enters its second decade, we have big ambitions to grow the company further and we are all really looking forward to working with Steven on the next phase of our development.”
Esom will take up his new role at the beginning of April when Adams steps aside to become a non-executive director of BRC Trading.
Starting his career with UK grocery giant Sainsbury’s in 1982, Esom is currently an Operating Partner at Langholm Capital and is also Chairman of the Food Standards Agency’s Retailer Hygiene Rating Scheme.
Keith Evans CEO of BRC Trading Ltd, said: “With the BRC Global Standards supplier-certification scheme at the heart of what Trading does, Steven’s years of experience in retailing, and in food in particular, will be invaluable.
“His work chairing a steering group for the Food Standards Agency has demonstrated his ability to mediate between diverse opinions across the food sector and he is held in high regard.”