Co-operative Group appoints former Barclays executive as group HR director

Skitt: new group HR role

Skitt: new group HR role

The Co-operative Group, the UK’s largest customer-owned business, today announces the appointment of Rebecca Skitt as is its new group HR director.

Skitt has 20 years’ UK and international experience in HR, encompassing both the fast moving consumer goods sector with Unilever and in financial services with Barclays.   

She studied management sciences at University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology before spending 16 years with Unilever, rising to the position of vice president human resources for the global foods category, a €21bn turnover division operating in over 60 countries and incorporating some of Unilever’s biggest brands such as Lipton and Knorr.  

She joined Barclays in 2008 as HR director for Barclaycard before leading HR in the global retail and business banking division in 2009. As a member of the executive team, Skitt had HR responsibility for 100,000 employees operating in 25 countries and serving 50m customers.

Peter Marks, group chief executive of The Co-operative Group, said: “I’m delighted Rebecca is joining us. She has a great track record in transforming organisational culture, capability and performance and I wish her every success in her new role.”

Rebecca will join the business on 11 March 2013.