The Co-operative Group has today confirmed that Boots IT Director Andy Haywood will be joining the mutual organisation as Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the start of 2012.
With huge investment in the food, financial services and pharmacy group’s supply chain already planned, Haywood will have a considerable role to play in ensuring the business operates with a sound technical infrastructure in place.
In the newly created position, the CIO will report directly to Group CEO Peter Marks as he looks to drive forward group-wide IT strategy. Ian Dyson will remain as Co-op Group’s Director of Information Service.
Prior to his time at Boots, Haywood, who will join Co-op in the year it moves to a new headquarters in Manchester, held senior IT roles at Halifax Bank of Scotland and leading UK supermaket Asda.
A statement released by the Co-op today said: “Andy joins The Co-operative from Boots where he is IT Director and has a strong track record of delivering complex change and IT projects in large organisations.
“He will be part of the group executive team and will work with his senior colleagues to drive forward a group-wide IT strategy.”
News of Haywood’s appointment comes after Co-op Group’s Food CEO Tim Hurrell announced he will be retiring at the end of 2011, having led the business through the biggest period of change in its history, which included the acquisition of Somerfield in 2009.
Co-op Food, the fifth largest grocer in the UK, recently reported that in an increasingly tough market and aggressive promotional environment its operating profits fell £36.2 million year-on-year to £135.4 million in the six months to July 2nd 2011.