Len McCormick has retired from his position as deputy chairman of Batleys.
McCormick joined Batleys in 1985 as buying and operations director after a long career in the industry, starting as a representative and eventually working for Asda and Makro.
Working with Lawrence Batley he was in charge of a dramatic expansion of the group from six to 18 cash and carry depots, in addition to seven delivered pet food depots.
McCormick was managing director at the time of the Batley’s acquisition by Bestway Cash and Carry in January 2005 and helped to bed down the successful merger.
Following the acquisition he became non-executive deputy chairman of Batleys.
Bestway Cash Carry managing director Younus Sheikh said: “Len is a well respected member of the this industry, and he has been a tower of strength in making the merger work between our two companies.
“He has done so much to help people, both in the business and his impressive work for charity. We wish him an enjoyable and well-earned retirement.”