Cat Lomax, DB’s Young Achiever of the Year 2011, is to take over the responsibilities of head of buying at Majestic Wine, the retailer has announced.
Majestic recently put own-label and exclusivity at the heart of their transformation plan, two areas Lomax will be leading. She was instrumental in the creation of the recent Majestic Loves range as well as numerous new offerings from France. Own brand sales now make up 4.7% of Majestic’s sales – which is expected to rise under Lomax.
Seeking out parcels is certainly her forte, which she believes works well with Majestic’s own dynamic approach to buying. “I’ve had great success in securing parcels of wine, whether big, like our recent Parcel Series Sauvignon Blanc, or small, like Waimea’s first UK retailing Albarino. It’s a perfect fit to Majestic’s new way of operating.”
Initially joining as senior buyer in May 2016, Lomax brings a wealth of experience to the role – having worked previously at Waitrose and Direct Wines. She will also continue to oversee responsibilities as buyer for New Zealand, of which Majestic have a 14% market share, as well as key French Regions and the USA.
Richard Weaver, buying & merchandising director at Majestic, said: “We are delighted to have Cat overseeing our buying team. She has been instrumental over the last year in overseeing our biggest categories, introducing our most successful Parcels and WIGIGs and revamping many of our key ranges. It’s an extremely exciting time for Majestic wine fans!”
Since joining the industry in 2009 Lomax has gone on to win ‘The Golden Magnum’ from the Champagne Academy and has been recognised as a Commandeur d’Honneur de La Commanderie du Bontemps for services to Bordeaux wine.
“She’s the ideal candidate.” added Weaver. “We’re building an exciting, dynamic buying team at Majestic and it will be great to have Cat at the helm.”
Lomax takes over from Matt Pym, who has recently left Majestic. “I would like to thank Matt for his many years of hard work and dedication, and personally for his support in the past 18 months in his role as head of buying,” said Weaver.