Blog: Dean Bestjust-food switches on the spotlight

Dean Best | 28 September 2007

Today, just-food has launched a feature that aims to shine a spotlight on the food industry executives who dominate our news pages over a weekly period.

First under the microscope is Eckhard Cordes, the newly-appointed chief executive of Metro, the world’s third-largest retailer by sales.

Cordes has taken the helm at the German retail giant after a somewhat tense few months in the company’s boardroom. Cordes is to replace Hans-Joachim Körber, who has decided to quit after 22 years at the company. Tensions between the two men over the future direction of Metro are believed to be at the root of Körber's departure.

Cordes has a tough few months ahead of him at Metro, which, although seeing growth in Asia and Eastern Europe, has endured a problematic few months in its home market.

We take a look at would could lay in store for the 57-year-old as we kick-off our series of profiles of the leading lights in our field – whether they’ve had a good, bad or indifferent seven days.


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