The Co-operative Food strenghtens management team with the appointment of Michael Fletcher

July 24, 2013

The Co-operative Food has further strengthened its Senior Leadership team with the appointment of Michael Fletcher as the retailer’s Trading Director.

Fletcher joins The Co-operative Food’s Executive team at an exciting time, as the business embarks on a new strategic direction under the leadership of Steve Murrells, and is seeing encouraging sales growth over the summer period.  

Previously at Tesco for 22 years, Fletcher undertook multiple Category Director roles, time as Commercial Director for Tesco in Malaysia and, latterly, as Commercial Director for Group Procurement.

In addition, Ian Ayling has also been appointed to the Food Executive team, as Customer Change Director.  Ayling had been working at The Co-operative as a marketing consultant, having previously worked at Dunhumby as General Manager France.  He will be reporting to Customer Director, Andrew Mann, who recently joined The Co-operative from Sainsbury’s, where he was Director of Insight and Loyalty.

Steve Murrells, Chief Executive Retail for The Co-operative Group, said: "This is an exciting time for The Co-operative, as we embark on a new long-term strategic plan to drive the business forward. 

“Our initial focus on doing the basics better is already paying dividends in terms of sales, and these appointments bring a wealth of new experience and leadership to help maintain this momentum.  The new appointments will be instrumental in delivering our long-term strategy, and will help shape the future direction of The Co-operative Food.”