Booker chief becomes IGD president

Booker Group chief executive Charles Wilson has started a two-year term as president of IGD, the trade body which provides international food and grocery analysis and acts as a hub for best practice.

Wilson has been vice-president of IGD for the last two years and succeeds Sainsbury’s chief executive Justin King.

One of the president’s roles is to chair IGD’s industry leaders’ forum, the Policy Issues Council (PIC), which spearheads industry-wide initiatives to deliver benefits for consumers. The PIC is a forum for chairmen and chief executives of a wide range of companies throughout the food and grocery supply chain.

Wilson said: “The PIC is one of the most powerful and positive forces for change in our industry thanks to the support of companies of all sizes along the supply chain. For example, over the past month we made an industry-wide commitment towards work experience and apprenticeships and also to eliminating and diverting 225,000 tonnes of waste from landfill over the next two years.

“I will help IGD continue to improve the grocery supply chain to benefit the UK’s 60 million consumers via the 600,000 businesses and the 3.6 million people employed in the British grocery trade.”

Joanne Denney-Finch, chief executive of IGD, said: “Charles has been a long-term supporter of key IGD initiatives and in particular our work to reduce HGV miles on the British roads. He will be an inspirational president.”

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