Five of Morrisons’ senior directors have left the company as new CEO David Potts prepares to streamline his management team.
Group customer marketing and digital director Nick Collard, group retail director Martyn Fletcher, group property and strategy director Gordon Mowat, group logistics director Neal Austin and convenience MD Nigel Robertson will step down from the board and leave the company.
David Potts said: “I will now be constructing a learner management board, with the aim of simplifying and speeding up the business. I would like to thank Nick, Martyn, Neal, Nigel and Gordon for their service to Morrisons.”
Ross Eggleton and Miles Foster will continue to lead logistics and the M local chain respectively. Andy Atkinson and Clare Grainger have been appointed to interim marketing and retail director respectively.
It had been expected that there would be further senior departures after former boss Dalton Philips was ousted in January.
The departures of Nigel Robertson and Gordon Mowat appear to be linked to the under performance of Morrisons’ M Local convenience stores. Morrisons recently confirmed it was to close 23 M Locals with the loss of 300 jobs when it announced its annual results this month.
At the time, group CFO Trevor Strain said it was “effectively pausing convenience,” while Morrisons chairman Andrew Higginson confirmed that “upwards of 30% of its c-stores haven’t worked.”