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Marks & Spencer appoints new chief commercial officer for food division

Marks & Spencer has appointed Kara Greatorex as the new chief commercial officer for its food division. Due to join the retailer later this year, she… View Article

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Marks & Spencer appoints new chief commercial officer for food division

Marks & Spencer has appointed Kara Greatorex as the new chief commercial officer for its food division.

Due to join the retailer later this year, she will succeed Paul Friston who will leave the business in October after 28 years.

Greatorex has worked with Aldi since 2009, most recently as managing director of national IT, ecommerce and transformation. Prior to that, she held senior  strategy and marketing roles at Ocado Retail.

M&S Food managing director Alex Freudmann said: “I’m delighted that Kara has agreed to join M&S Food. She brings deep commercial experience in buying, store operations, marketing and transformation.

“As we continue our work to transform M&S Food by investing in quality, value and innovation for customers and by building more strategic relationships with the very best suppliers, Kara’s experience and passion for product will be a great addition to our team.”

In a further move, M&S has poached Jon Downes from Morrisons for the role of supply chain and commercial operations director.

Downes has been working at the supermarket for almost nine years, most recently as category director for ambient and non food. He previously worked with Tesco for 14 years in senior commercial food roles including fresh, ambient grocery and impulse.

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