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McColl's appoints Jonathan Miller as chief executive

Newsagent and convenience store chain McColl’s has promoted chief financial officer Jonathan Miller to the role of chief executive.


McColl's appoints Jonathan Miller as chief executive

As previously reported, James Lancaster, who co-founded the business in 1973, will step down as chief executive and will take over as non-executive chairman until April 2017.

Lancaster led a management buyout of the business in 1995, a secondary buyout in 2005, numerous acquisitions and the company's IPO in 2014.

In a statement, McColl’s said Miller had been appointed following a “rigorous and extensive” candidate search.

Having joined McColl's in 1991, Miller has been chief financial officer since 2004 and has also led the store development, human resources and IT functions.

Miller said: "It is a great privilege to be appointed as chief executive of McColl's. I am looking forward to working with the many talented people across the company as we continue to grow our convenience presence in neighbourhoods across the UK. My focus will be to put our customers at the heart of everything we do and to fully align our organisation to deliver this."

In a further move, McColl’s deputy chief financial officer Simon Fuller will take over as chief financial officer. Prior to joining McColl’s in 2015, Fuller held a number of senior finance roles at Tesco where he worked from 2008.

In addition, Angus Porter has been appointed as a non-executive director.

Porter is currently working as chief executive of the Professional Cricketers Association until March 2016. He has held numerous executive and non-executive roles, including senior roles within Mars Confectionery and was also managing director at BT Group. He is currently senior independent director of Punch Taverns, co-chairman of Direct Wines and a non-executive director of TDC A/S.

Lancaster said: "After many years building the company, I am very pleased to be taking on the mantle of non-executive chairman. Building from Jonathan's appointment as CEO, we will continue to have a strong management team to take the business forward. I look forward to leading the board and our new CEO leading the company."

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