Poundstretcher hires Asda exec as new CEO

// Poundstretcher hires Asda executive Derek Lawlor as the new CEO
// Current boss Aziz Tayub moves into the role of chairman with immediate effect

Poundstretcher has appointed Asda executive Derek Lawlor as the new CEO as current boss Aziz Tayub moves into the role of chairman with immediate effect.

Lawlor is currently the senior vice president of food and general merchandise at Asda, where he has served for the past seven years. Prior to that, he was the category director at Tesco.

He joins the value retailer as Poundstretcher completes its CVA obligation. It is working with the CVA supervisor to conclude the formalities, which would allow Lawlor to focus on getting the business back to growth.

READ MORE: Poundstretcher profits halve as it pushes ahead with store expansion

The retailer has found trading tough of late.

Tayub told Business Live in June that sales are expected to have fallen 15% to £277 million over its latest financial year, while pre-tax profits are expected to have fallen from £88 million to £45million.

Despite the challenging environment, the retailer plans to open 50 stores a year over the next three years, including in prime city centre locations where rents have dropped.

Tayub said Lawlor brings with him “a wealth of experience”.

“I’m looking forward to working with Derek as I know he is a great fit for our business and will lead us through the next phase of our growth strategy,” he said.

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  1. They always fall out with the CEOs they bring in. They get good CEOs with great experience and then ignore them and they obviously walk out. Have they learned their lesson this time I wonder or will Derek walk out after a few months.


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