// Wilko promotes group transformation director to CEO
// Wilko aims to transform into a more product-focused omnichannel business
Wilko has promoted its group transformation director and managing director of the retailer’s online business, Jerome Saint-Marc, to the role of chief executive.
Saint-Marc will lead the retailer as it aims to transform into a more product-focused omnichannel business.
This marks the first time someone has held the chief executive role at Wilko since Stuart Mitchell stepped down in 2012.
“As group transformation director, Jerome is already a high performing and widely respected member of our leadership team and has played a key role in both the development and delivery of our long-term strategy and programme of change,” chair Lisa Wilkinson said.
“More recently he’s taken on greater commercial responsibility as managing director of Wilko.
“We’re confident this appointment set us up well to keep sorting the needs of hard-working families in their homes and gardens through greater product focus.”
Meanwhile, Christian Ward has been appointed as retail director.
He was previously chief commercial officer of Jollyes Pet Superstores, before holding leadership roles at Marks & Spencer, B&Q and Tuffnells.
In addition, Wilko’s commercial implementation director Alison Hands has been promoted to the position of trading director.