// Current sales director Steve Leach to lead newly merged sales and retail teams
// COO John McNeill’s role expanded to include format and development, marketing and PR
// Martin Rogers to lead strategic planning in addition to his core franchise responsibilities
// Retail director Nigel Gray to leave after five years of Nisa service
Nisa has announced a series of changes in its senior management team to help align the retailer to its four-year growth strategy.
According to a statement, the changes include combining Nisa’s sales and retail divisions, with current sales director Steve Leach to lead a newly-formed team that centralises recruitment, account management and retail operations.
The changes to the sales and retail teams are in response to Nisa retail director Nigel Gray deciding to step down from his position.
He will leave the company after five years at the grocery and convenience retailer.
Meanwhile, Nisa said its chief operating officer John McNeill will have his role expanded to include responsibility of format and development, marketing, PR and the grocery chain’s Making a Difference Locally charity.
Furthermore, Martin Rogers – who is Co-op’s head of new channels – will now lead on strategic planning in addition to his core franchise responsibilities for Nisa and Co-op.
Nisa was acquired by the Co-op a year ago. The reshuffle takes effect from July 1.
“We recently celebrated our first-year anniversary of being part of the Co-op family and reflected on our successes to date,” Nisa chief executive Ken Towle said.
“However, there is more we can do to realise our strategic vision and this reorganisation will better align our management structure to Nisa’s growth strategy.
“For many years, Nigel has been a key part of our leadership team, commuting from his home in Northern Ireland to lead our field teams and partner engagement.
“Having successfully led the retail team through the first year of Co-op ownership, Nigel has now decided to leave the business and, while we are very sorry to see him go, we wholeheartedly wish him all the very best for the future.
“Meanwhile, I have every confidence that John, Steve and Martin have the necessary experience, expertise and drive to successfully build on Nisa’s recent success, and I look forward to working with them in their expanded roles.”