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The Co-operative Food has announced a significant senior appointment to the leadership team of the £7bn business.
Chris Whitfield joins The Co-op from Tesco. Chris will take up the new role of Retail and Logistics Director, reporting directly to Retail Chief Executive Steve Murrells as a member of his Executive team. The post was created following the departure earlier in the year of former Food Chief Operating Officer Sean Toal. Chris will oversee The Co-operative Food’s 2,800 stores as well as the logistics function.
Steve Murrells said: “We are at an exciting point with the business, as our retail strategy to concentrate on the convenience sector takes hold. Sales in these stores are outperforming the market and Chris’ wealth of retail experience will be invaluable as we look to improve our operations and logistics functions further.
“I am delighted that an individual with such a strong track record in the industry has joined the business and he will play leading roles in the implementation of our retail strategy.”
Chris Whitfield has worked in retail for 27 years, most of that time for Tesco, where he has held a number of senior roles. For the last two years he has been Store Operations Director for Tesco Lotus in Thailand, one of the group’s largest businesses outside of the UK, with 60,000 employees and over 1800 stores across 4 formats; Extra, Hypermarket, Superstores and Express.
Linx Printing Technologies has announced two new appointments, reinforcing its commitment to a customer-led product portfolio.
Steve Cheek joins as Director of Product Planning, while Matt Eastham becomes Product Manager for Laser.
Both will be based at Linx’s headquarters in St Ives, Cambs, but with a strong remit to visit customers and distributor partners.
Steve has a vast amount of experience within the Danaher group, joining Linx following 11 years as General Manager of the Fluke China R&D and Planning teams. Additionally, he has held the role of General Manager for the Danaher Development Centre in Shanghai since 2006.
He says: “This is an exciting opportunity to build on Linx’s trusted portfolio of products. Future product directions will reflect both the Voice of Customer and, crucially, the innovative ideas already here at Linx.
Matt brings a wealth of experience in product management, business development and sales with a proven track record of growth in new product categories.
He comments: “Linx SL coders are reliable in even the most demanding factory environments, and service intervals are typically twice those of the industry standard.
“They don’t need expensive factory air for cooling, unlike some other laser coders, which helps to further reduce your coding costs.”
Steve has moved to Cambridgeshire with his wife and two daughters. Matt lives in Northamptonshire and lists his interests as golf, running and other outdoor pursuits.
Leading food packaging manufacturer RPC Bebo UK has appointed Ian McManus as Business Development Manager.
In his new role, Ian will be responsible for sales of RPC Bebo’s extensive range of thermoformed pots, tubs and trays into both the retail and foodservice sectors.
He will also work alongside RPC’s market-leading vending cup operation, RPC Tedeco-Gizeh, to offer a selection of complementary foodservice products for the vending industry.
Ian has over 18 years’ experience in flexible packaging, working across a variety of end markets including bakery, meat, fresh produce and confectionery, and dealing with many blue-chip companies and retailers. He joins RPC from Tyler Packaging where he was the Sales Manager for technical films.
“I am delighted to welcome Ian to RPC Bebo UK,” comments general manager David Lowe.
“His experience across so many sectors will be invaluable as we seek to further grow our business, while forging closer links between our vending and packaging operations will enable us to offer a comprehensive one-stop service to our customers.” * * * Keep in touch with the real world of the UK convenience food sector with the ReadyMealsinfo weekly news wrap http://readymealsinfo.com/newsletter.php