Wednesday, August 26, 2015

News: Second supermarket hire at Crawshaws

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Crawshaw Group PLC, the Rotherham-based fresh meat and food to go retailer, has appointed a new chief financial officer as it puts into action growth plans that will see it invest £200m, opening 200 stores and creating 2,500 jobs.

Alan Richardson joins the AIM-listed firm from Morrisons Supermarkets Plc, having spent five years with the supermarket chain where he held a number of senior finance roles, most recently as finance director for Group Retail and Logistics. In addition to full P&L responsibility, capex and cashflow forecasting cycles for all 500 stores and eight logistics centres, he was a key member of the commercial team supporting the rapid expansion into the convenience store format.

Prior to Morrisons, Alan spent eight years with ASDA where he held a number of senior finance roles, following his qualification as a chartered accountant with KPMG in 2001.

Crawshaw, which will have 39 stores by Christmas and moved across the borough to Hellaby in 2014, appointed Noel Collett, formerly Lidl's chief operating officer for the UK business, at the end of the year.

Richardson will also join as a director of Crawshaw Group Plc and Kevin Boyd, currently managing director, will be appointed chief commercial officer in September, with a wider remit and responsibility for Buying, Supply Chain, Factory Operations, Food Production, Logistics, Food Safety and Health & Safety.

Noel Collett, CEO of Crawshaw Group Plc, said: "We are delighted to announce today the appointment of Alan Richardson as our chief financial officer from 7th September 2015. Alan brings a wealth of relevant financial management experience of an expanding retail business along with expertise in business strategy, cross functional transformation and strategic management accounting initiatives during periods of portfolio growth.

"We are also delighted with Kevin's appointment as our new chief commercial officer. His 25 years' experience within the business and expertise in the Buying and Supply Chain adds tremendous value to the team and our growth strategy.

"Both Alan and Kevin's appointments ensure that the Board has been strengthened with the relevant experience, expertise and energy at a key time ahead of our accelerated store expansion, so we look to the future with great confidence."

Established in 1954, the firm has been trading on the stock market since 2004. It was acquired by Felix Group plc in 2008. Last month it announced details of its expansion plans and added that the target of 200 stores was the tip of the iceberg and that the scalable model could go on to reach 500 or 1,000 stores nationwide.

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