Blog: Dean BestWhen will Morrisons let Dalton shine?

Dean Best | 5 May 2010

Morrisons publishes its latest trading figures tomorrow (6 May) and industry watchers would have been expecting to hear from the UK retailer's new chief executive, Dalton Philips.

Its first-quarter sales numbers could have provided the market with the opportunity to hear the former Loblaw executive's thoughts on Morrisons' continued recent robust performance - and perhaps listen out for any hints on if/when the retailer could expand in non-food or move online.

Alas, in a missive sent out today, Morrisons said it will be finance chief Richard Pennycook and not Philips who will host a press conference call on the data, so it seems we will have to wait a little longer to hear the Irishman's analysis of the business.

Philips' predecessor Marc Bolland could be forgiven for wishing the new Morrisons boss was fielding questions.

The spotlight will be shining firmly on the Dutchman over the next 24 hours after it emerged today that Ian Dyson, finance director at Bolland's new firm Marks and Spencer, is to leave the business for the chief executive's job at pubs group Punch Taverns.

Perhaps not what Bolland had in mind for his second official day in the M&S hot seat.


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