Wilko welcomes Musgrave CEO Chris Martin to board

Wilko Chris Martin Musgrave
Wilko said the new appointment will help bolster its business
// Wilko appoints Musgrave CEO as non-executive director
// Chris Martin served as the CEO for Mothercare from 1999 until 2002

Wilko has appointed the chief executive of Irish food wholesaler Musgrave, Chris Martin as non-executive director.

Martin served as the chief executive for struggling retailer Mothercare from 1999 until 2002, before leaving to join Musgrave as group finance director in 2003. He was promoted to chief executive in 2005.

Wilko said the new appointment will help bolster its business.

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“We’re proud we’re a family-owned group and the refreshingly different way this enables us to do business,” Wilko owner WHSL’s chair and family director Lisa Wilkinson said.

“Chris’ significant commercial expertise and first-hand experience at the helm of a highly successful sixth-generation family business will help us to stay true to our roots while we continue on our transformational journey to become a product-led business.”

Martin said: “I’m delighted to be joining Wilko as a non-executive director. Wilko is a much-loved brand with strong family values and I’m looking forward to working with Lisa and the team to help ensure the business is well positioned to accomplish its mission to free up hard-working families to be the best they can be.”

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  1. Interesting. Though it’s a shame that the once brilliant Wilko has become a meanspirited working environment with punitive measures in place to punish it’s staff, the ones that create the wealth for these people.
    What was once a fun, happy, family feeling business has become a miserable and quite depressing place to work with long serving managers having breakdowns and valuable staff leaving in their droves.
    I’m sure this is not the vision that JK Wilkinson had for his business all those years ago.

  2. The staff are truly revolting, maybe not those at the front line in the shops, but the drones who masquerade as Customer Care are killing the company. I suspect they are outsourced and have no allegiance.
    I’m struggling to obtain any sense as to the status of my order 01/12


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