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On the move: FMCG takes front-seat as new CEO joins Orkla

13 February 2014

Nordic group Orkla has replaced former CEO Åge Korsvold just two years after he took the helm. With reports of boardroom strife in the Norwegian press, at first glance one might question whether the news is a function of internal factionalism. On closer inspection, however, it would seem Orkla has moved to another phase in its drive to become a branded consumer goods powerhouse by bringing in FMCG veteran Peter Ruzicka. Katy Askew reports.

On the move: Sainsbury's hopes for smooth transition as King bows out

29 January 2014

UK retailer Sainsbury's announced this morning (29 January) that chief executive Justin King will leave the company after ten fruitful years at the helm. In his successor, commercial director Mike Coupe, Sainsbury's appears to be looking for a smooth transition - and more of the same on the strategy front. Katy Askew reports.

On the move: the challenge of revitalising Wal-Mart

4 December 2013

Doug McMillon may have followed Mike Duke's path at Wal-Mart with the move from head of international to the CEO's office and, in some ways, he has some foundations on which to build the next stage of the retailer's growth. But he faces some significant challenges ahead.

On the move: Kroger in safe hands after Dillon exit

24 September 2013

US supermarket chain Kroger is fighting fit. The company has been growing market share for a number of quarters and a focus on expanding its store count has fuelled further expansion. The news CEO Dave Dillon is standing down will see him go out on top. Waiting in the wings is chief operating officer Rodney McMullen. The long-time Kroger executive represents a safe pair of hands as the retailer pushes on with its growth plans. Katy Askew reports.

On the move: Challenges await incoming EFSA chief

30 August 2013

The European Food Safety Authority has commenced its search for a new executive director. However, as the processes of the food safety watchdog come under increasing public scrutiny and new challenges arise from the integrated nature of the global supply chain, heading up the regulator will be no easy task. Ben Cooper investigates.

On the move: Beckers departure could herald Delhaize shake-up

9 May 2013

Delhaize Group is on the look-out for a new chief executive. The Belgium-based retail giant yesterday (8 May) issued a shock announcement revealing that CEO Pierre-Olivier Beckers plans to retire after 15 years at the helm. Michelle Russell takes a look at the shape Beckers will leave Delhaize in and the impact his departure could have on the grocer.

On the move: Heinz's new owners bring in their own

12 April 2013

The owners-elect of Heinz have effectively brought in their own man to run the US food giant. Dean Best looks at what the appointment of Burger King boss Bernardo Hees could mean for the ketchup maker.

On the move: Premier has much to prove after Clarke exit

29 January 2013

The surprise news the Premier Foods plc chief executive Michael Clarke has resigned sent shares in the food group down sharply yesterday (28 January). However, the company appears confident that Clarke's replacement, Gavin Darby, is the right man to lead the next phase of Premier's turnaround. Katy Askew reports.

On the move: Sir Stuart Rose parachutes in to Ocado

22 January 2013

Sir Stuart Rose brings a dose of glamour, prestige and experience to the chairman's seat at Ocado, but don't expect miracles, analysts have warned.

On the move: Can Safeway fly without Burd?

4 January 2013

News that Safeway's long-standing CEO, Steve Burd, is to retire in May has spawned greater uncertainty among some analysts about the retailer's competitive position.

On the move: Brasher faces challenge as Pick n Pay CEO

8 October 2012

The appointment of former Tesco UK chief Richard Brasher as Pick n Pay's new CEO last week may not be enough to turn around the fortunes of the South African supermarket operator, some analysts have suggested.

On the move: Compton exit sparks PepsiCo successor talk

12 September 2012

The announcement that PepsiCo's president John Compton is to leave the group after less than eight months in the role has sparked fresh speculation over who will succeed Indra Nooyi as CEO.

On the move: UB's Bunker appointment adds to M&A talk

7 August 2012

Speculation over the potential sale of United Biscuits' salty snacks division will start up again this week following the appointment of Kraft Foods' Nick Bunker as CEO of the unit.

On the move: US presents challenge for ex-Nestle UK chief

6 August 2012

Paul Grimwood, the head of Nestle's operations in the UK and Ireland, is to move across the Atlantic to lead the Swiss food giant's US business. Grimwood will take the reins of Nestle's biggest market but one that is concerning analysts. Michelle Russell reports.

On the move: Supervalu's Mr Sales faces tough task

3 August 2012

With a name like Wayne Sales, the new chairman and CEO of US retailer Supervalu Inc seems born to be in the industry.

On the move: X5 CEO Gusev's departure offers cause for concern

16 July 2012

News that Andrei Gusev will stand down as X5 Retail Group chief executive caused shares in the Russian retailer to sink to a 52-week low on Saturday (14 July). The market responded negatively to fears that an unstable management team will be unable to drive growth as X5 struggles to improve organic sales trends. The sudden nature of the announcement and lack of clarity over the reasons for Gusev's departure augmented these concerns. Katy Askew reports.

On the move: Poundland makes strategic move with Higginson appointment

13 July 2012

Poundland's appointment of former Tesco finance director Andrew Higginson as its chairman is being seen as a major coup for the UK value retailer.

On the move: Pennycook exit turns spotlight on Morrisons strategy

25 June 2012

The announcement from Morrisons that CFO Richard Pennycook plans to leave the company will come as a blow for the UK retailer. Morrisons is trading behind the market and Pennycook's exit serves to focus attention on the strategic problems that management is currently grappling with. Katy Askew reports.

On the move: Orkla pledges to step up FMCG focus as CEO exits

4 May 2012

Seven months ago, Orkla CEO Bjørn Wiggen announced the Norwegian conglomerate would focus on the FMCG sector, earning praise from analysts in the process. This week, Orkla stunned the market with news that Wiggen had decided to resign. Eyebrows were raised further yesterday when it emerged the boss of Orkla's FMCG unit would also leave the business. Industry watchers believe the departures will not mean a change in direction but could suggest Orkla's owners were frustrated with the slow progress of the company's new strategy.

On the move: Clarke grapples UK woes as Brasher exits Tesco

15 March 2012

Tesco UK CEO Richard Brasher will leave the business later this year, having only taken on leadership of the supermarket group's UK arm 12 months ago. In a move that signals the emphasis that Tesco is placing on improving its UK performance, Brasher will be replaced by group chief executive Philip Clarke. Katy Humphries reports.


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