Sainsbury's poach McColl's chief commercial operator

Convenience store chain McColl’s has announced the resignation of its chief commercial officer Richard Crampton, who is leaving to take up a director position at Sainsbury’s.

He will become the supermarket’s director of fresh food and food services, stepping down with immediate effect.

McColl’s agreed to release him from his contractual obligations on 18 February, following an “orderly handover”.

Crampton will continue to receive his base salary, pension provision and benefits during this notice period, up to the point that he leaves. As he has resigned from the board, he will not be entitled to receive any further bonus payments or share awards.

Current chief operating officer Karen Bird will assume responsibility for the commercial side, alongside her existing duties.

The company has taken the decision to not hire a replacement for Crampton.

Prior to joining McColl’s, Bird spent more than 25 years with Tesco, including leading a ‘significant’ change programme.

She takes over a commercial team that was recently strengthened with the addition of commercial director Paul Cunningham, who joined from Co-operative Group, and customer director Rob George, who joined from Sainsbury’s.

Chief executive Jonathan Miller said: “I would like to thank Richard for the valuable contribution he has made to the business over the past two years, and to wish him every success in his future role.

“I am delighted that Karen will now be incorporating commercials into the role of chief operating officer – she has made a significant contribution to the business since joining in 2016 and has been instrumental in leading the Morrisons Daily rollout.

“With these changes I am confident that we have a strong team in place to implement our strategy, and that the rollout of Morrisons Daily will deliver long-term sustainable growth.”

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