New boss for Blakemore Wholesale

AF Blakemore, one of the UK’s biggest wholesalers, has appointed Craig O’Connor (pictured) as managing director of the company’s cash and carry operation, Blakemore Wholesale.

O’Connor took up the role last week (March 2) and will report to Sam Wilcox, who continues in his role as overall managing director for the company’s wholesale divisions.

Appointed managing director of DB Ramsden Ltd in 2004, O’Connor also served as managing director of Re-Scan EPoS Solutions from 2006. The move will be O’Connor’s second spell at AF Blakemore, having worked in a variety of roles across the company’s cash and carry business between 1984 and 2003. He began his career at wholesaler E amp;S Dunn’s Saltley depot, back in 1979.

Craig O’Connor said: “While AF Blakemore now has the scale, it remains a family business with strong values and we are perfectly placed to seize the opportunities that are out there.

“I now want to share my experiences over the past few years, especially in relation to delivered wholesale, on-trade and the utilisation of IT solutions to help improve the overall customer experience.”

Sam Wilcox added: “Craig has a proven track record with a strong reputation across the wholesale cash and carry sector for introducing new and innovative approaches to business.

“Blakemore Wholesale has built solid foundations following the recent acquisition of the Lowries and BA cash amp; carry chains and I believe that Craig will help take our business to the next level.”

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