Morrisons commercial director Andy Atkinson to exit as it scraps role

// Morrisons group commercial director Andy Atkinson is to leave the business after 10 years
// Chief operating officer Trevor Strain will take on responsibility for the commercial team as the grocer gets rid of the group commercial director role

Morrisons group commercial director Andy Atkinson is to leave the retailer as it scraps the role.

The grocer’s chief operating officer Trevor Strain, who has previously held Atkinson’s role, will now take control of Morrisons commercial team.

Atkinson has worked at Morrisons for more than a decade, and previously held the roles of trading director, own-brand and sourcing director, and group marketing and customer director.

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The personnel changes came with a note from Morrisons chief executive David Potts saying that he had reviewed the business to make it more competitive amid the cost-of-living crisis, according to The Grocer.

The publication understands that Atkinson was offered other roles at Morrisons but declined.

Morrisons reported a 6% year-on-year fall in sales in April as it battles to maintain its competitiveness to win hard-pressed customers during the cost-of-living crisis. In April, the retailer dropped the prices of 500 products, including eggs, beef and nappies.

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