Booker has rejoined the Federation of Wholesale Distributors nearly two years after its membership was cancelled by its then boss Bill Grimsey. In addition its chief executive Charles Wilson has accepted a seat on the FWD Council.
The move had been expected by the trade, as senior Booker staff have been involved in FWD activities for some time, and Booker announced that it had rejoined from March 1.
The decision was welcomed by FWD director general John Murphy. “We are naturally delighted to have such an important entity as Booker back in our membership and also very pleased that Charles Wilson has agreed to sit on our Council.”
Wilson will also be a speaker at the FWD Annual Conference next month, where he will make his first appearance before an audience since he took charge of Booker in October (see pages 28 and 40-41 for further details).
Booker left after a legal challenge by the FWD to Tesco’s takeover of the c-store chain Adminstore. When it became clear that legal costs could wipe out the FWD, Council members decided to withdraw, but Grimsey claimed he had not been consulted and resigned Booker’s membership.