Morrisons lines up three for CEO job
Wm Morrison has narrowed its search for its next chief executive down to three men but is still not confident of making its choice before its annual meeting next week.
Marc Bolland, the chief operating office of the Dutch brewer Heineken, and David Wild, a former Tesco executive who heads Wal-Mart's German supermarkets, are reported to have joined Ian Meakins, the outgoing chief executive of Alliance UniChem, on Morrisons' shortlist.
The Bradford-based supermarket chain needs to find a replacement for Bob Stott, the incumbent chief executive, who can work with Sir Ken Morrison, the founder and chairman, for at least the next 18 months. That could pose problems if the new boss and Sir Ken disagree about strategy.
Sir Ken, 74, is expected to outline his plans to shareholders at next week's meeting, although he has already insisted that he will stay on at the helm of the company started by his father to see through Morrisons' renaissance after its troubled integration of Safeway.
Although Sir Ken chairs the nominations committee, the group's independent directors have promised they will not just rubberstamp his decision. Once a chief executive is in place, David Jones, the deputy chairman who has masterminded Morrisons' corporate governance transformation, will step down. Before Mr Jones joined Morrisons' board as a non-executive director two years ago, Sir Ken had said he saw more value in paying supermarket checkout staff than independent directors.
Mr Wild would bring with him experience of running troubled supermarket operations. The Tesco veteran of 19 years joined Wal-Mart in 2004 and was made managing director of the US group's unprofitable German subsidiary last year.
Mr Meakins will be out of a job once Boots completes its merger with Alliance UniChem. Mr Bolland, who is Dutch, has worked for the brewer all his working life, joining its executive board last year.
Once Morrisons decides on Mr Stott's successor it will have to look for a deputy chairman. It is likely to choose someone who will replace Sir Ken.
- 1 Autistic teenager beaten up by bullies makes them watch 20-minute video about autism
- 2 Nick Kyrgios calls former Olympian Dawn Fraser a 'blatant racist' after she tells Wimbledon star to 'go back where their parents came from'
- 3 World learns of app that shows you who unfriended you on Facebook, app promptly crashes
- 4 Chris Moyles reportedly set to make radio comeback with new breakfast show on XFM
- 5 The Greece debt crisis explained in less than 100 words
Florida man sentenced to two-and-a-half years for having sex on the beach in front of a child
Autistic teenager beaten up by bullies makes them watch 20-minute video about autism
Man who was struck and killed by lightning in Brecon Beacons 'was carrying a selfie stick'
Greece debt crisis as it happened: EU chiefs at loggerheads hours before Alexis Tsipras’s last ditch deal proposals
Florida teacher sentenced to 22 years in prison for sexually abusing three pupils
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
Sickness and disability benefits could be reduced by £30 a week as part of £12bn welfare cuts
iJobs Money & Business
£40000 - £95000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
competitive: SThree: Are you passionate about sales?Do you have a keen interes...
£17000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£15000 - £17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company offers a range of ...