Morrisons ex-boss appointed as Greencore CEO

Convenience food manufacturer Greencore has appointed former CEO of Morrisons Dalton Philips as its next chief executive, replacing Patrick Coveney.

Philips, who served as Morrisons CEO from 2010 to 2015, was most recently the CEO of global airports and retail group daa since October 2015.

Prior to working at the Big 4 grocer, he also held senior roles at the George Weston Group, a leading Canadian grocer Loblaw, and the Irish luxury goods seller the Brown Thomas Group.

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“I am delighted to be welcoming someone of Dalton’s calibre and experience to Greencore’s senior leadership team. In addition to his outstanding knowledge of the grocery sector, he has a strong track record of leading dynamic consumer-related businesses,” Greencore executive chairman Gary Kennedy said.

“We see him as the ideal candidate to lead Greencore into the next phase of its journey as it continues to emerge strongly from the challenges of trading through the pandemic. Until Dalton’s arrival at the end of September, I will continue in the role of Executive Chair, supported by Kevin Moore, Deputy CEO, and Emma Hynes, CFO.”

Phillips added: “I am hugely excited to be joining Greencore, which is a business I have long admired as an outstanding operator in the UK food manufacturing sector. I know from my time as a Greencore customer that this is a business with exceptional dynamism, adaptability and ambition, and one that is committed to the highest levels of product quality, customer service, and sustainability.

“I am looking forward very much to joining their industry-leading team in September, and to helping to realise the significant future growth potential that I see for this business.”

The news comes after Morrisons saved convenience chain McColl’s in a last-minute triumph over EG Group, saving 16,000 jobs and stopping 1,100 stores across Britain from closing.

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