The Co-operative Group Executive
It is the responsibility of the executive to implement the strategic objectives as agreed by the Group Board. The executive, under the leadership of the Group Chief Executive, is responsible for the management of the Group.
Our Management Executive
Group Chief Executive
Joined the Group in 2013 after nearly eight years as Group Finance Director at WM Morrison Supermarkets Plc (“Morrisons”). At Morrisons he had responsibility for the Group’s finance, IT, strategy and multichannel development. Previous roles include Group Finance Director at RAC and JD Wetherspoon. Appointed Interim Group Chief Executive in March 2014 and was appointed Group Chief Executive permanently in September 2014.
Chief HR Officer
Joined the Group 2013 from Britvic Soft Drinks. Has over 25 years’ experience in HR across a number of sectors including media, FMCG, pharmaceuticals and utilities. She has also worked within marketing, sales and operations.
Chief Executive, Retail
Joined as Chief Executive of The Co-operative Food in 2012. Previously CEO of Danish meat company, Tulip. Has a long history in fresh food retailing, having held a number of senior positions with Tesco, including CEO for One Stop Stores and Commercial Director of Fresh Foods. Has also worked within buying and trading for Sainsbury’s.
CEO, Consumer Services
Joined the Group Executive in 2014 after seven years at The Co-operative Financial Services and The Co-operative Banking Group where he held roles including Managing Director, Retail and Executive Director, Core Bank. Before joining the Group, Rod held roles including Managing Director of Retail within the UK operation at the Santander Group and Director of Branch Network at Abbey National Group.
Chief Operating Officer
In 2014 joined the Group on an interim basis from the business consultants AlixPartners where she co-founded the firm’s Europe wide operations. Prior to joining AlixPartners, Pippa was group CEO of FT Knowledge, a corporate training business owned by Pearson plc. She was also previously group CFO of Courtaulds Textiles plc, Europe’s largest quoted textile and clothing manufacturer. Before that, she was a senior manager with Bain & Company strategy consultants. While at AlixPartners Pippa has taken on a number of Interim CEO and COO positions at UK and European companies.
Group General Counsel
Joined the Group in 2013 from Allen & Overy where he has been a senior partner. Alistair has had a 34 year career with Allen & Overy, twenty-six of them as a partner.
Group Chief Financial Officer
Joined the Group in September 2015 from Wilko where he has been Chief Financial Officer since April 2008. Previously Head of Finance at Wm Morrisons Supermarkets PLC and prior to that, he worked for Northern Foods PLC in a variety of senior finance roles.
Chief Digital Officer
Mike joined the Group in September 2015 from the UK Government where he has been Executive Director of Digital since July 2011. Prior to joining the Government, Mike worked at Guardian News & Media as Digital Development Director for nearly four years; co-founded e-democracy site My Society and was a Director/Shareholder at technical services company Wavex. He was awarded a CBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours list in recognition of the digital transformation of public services, and for working to develop football in the borough of Hackney.
Rufus Olins - Chief Membership Officer
Joined the Co-op in October 2016 from Newsworks, the marketing body for national news brands, where as CEO he led the transformation of that organisation into a digitally enabled membership body. Starting out in journalism Rufus has also been a senior business correspondent at the Sunday Times, Editor of Management Today and run a series of businesses.