Steve Murrells, chief executive, The Co-operative Food, has announced changes to the company's executive management structure following a successful Christmas and New Year trading period.
Sean Toal, chief operating officer, will lead the Stores, Service Delivery and Supply Chain teams, and two new executive roles - service delivery director and supply chain director - have been announced to support him in this role.
Cheryl Marshall takes up the role of service delivery director, moving across from her group role in charge of the Unity Programme. Mark Hale, who was director of Food IS and Supply Chain, becomes supply chain director, extending his current supply chain accountabilities to include the logistics depots.
In the three weeks ending 5th January, total sales in Co-Operative food stores (inc. VAT, exc. fuel) grew by 2.4% on the corresponding period last year and were 2.2% higher on a like-for-like basis. The group's convenience stores did particularly well, with like-for-like sales up 5.5% over the same period, driven by targeted promotions and a new brand advertising campaign.