Sainsbury’s poaches McColl’s CCO as new director

Sainsbury’s has appointed McColl’s chief commercial officer, Richard Crampton, as director of fresh food and food services.

As a result, Crampton has stepped down from the McColl’s with immediate effect, with the symbol group retailer agreeing to release him from his contractual notice obligation on 18 February 2022, after an “orderly handover”.

This marks a return for Crampton who spent around eight years with Sainsbury’s from 2008, where he joined as a category manager and managing director of its online entertainment division.

In 2012, he was in charge for petrol, news and magazines, tobacco and kiosk, before being named chief executive of Sainsbury’s Mobile in October 2013.

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“On behalf of the board, 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,” McColl’s chief executive Jonathan Miller said.

McColl’s revealed its current chief operating officer, Karen Bird, will assume responsibility for commercial alongside her existing duties.

Prior to joining McColl’s, she spent over 25 years at Big 4 grocer Tesco.

“I am delighted that Karen will now be incorporating commercial into the role of COO. Karen 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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