Midcounties Co-operative recruits Waitrose director to lead Food Retail business

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Midcounties Co-operative: growing food business

Midcounties Co-operative: growing food business

The Midcounties Co-operative has appointed former Waitrose director Mark Wilson as group general manager (GGM) of its Food Retail business.

Wilson, who was director, retail operations (North) for Waitrose, will take over responsibility for Midcounties’ 240 supermarkets and convenience stores from deputy chief executive Andy Cresswell who will continue in his role, concentrating on developing the broader business.

Wilson’s appointment follows a period of expansion for both the Food Retail business and the Society as a whole, which has doubled its turnover in just eight years to reach one billion pounds.

The Food Retail division achieved gross sales of £597m in 2012/13 and employs 6,600 colleagues in stores across 12 counties.

Wilson, who was with Waitrose for 23 years, said: “It was fantastic working for Waitrose but the opportunity presented by Midcounties was irresistible.”

Ben Reid, chief executive of The Midcounties Co-operative, said: “Mark has joined us at a very exciting time when, despite a highly competitive and challenging market, our Food Business is growing and returning impressive results. 

“There are two key reasons why he is a good fit for the business; he brings not only a great wealth of experience but he has an innovative approach to food retailing, which I’m sure will come to the fore as we develop the business even further.

“The two businesses operate in a like-minded way – both have strong values and principles and we work for the thousands of people who co-own the business, in our case our members and with Waitrose their partners.

“These similarities mean Mark can make a smooth transition into our business and will be able to make an immediate impact.”