Former co-op chief is next Today’s MD

A candidate from the Co-operative sector has been appointed to one of the most high-profile jobs in the wholesale channel.

Bill Laird will succeed Rodney Hunt, the long serving managing director of the Today’s Group, on his retirement at the end of March.

Formerly chief operating officer of the Midcounties Co-operative, where he led a sustained period of growth and business change, Laird has spent his entire career within the grocery and non-food sectors. He joins the Today’s Group from his own consultancy and has supported a number of UK retail and international foodservice organisations – including Sodexho Defence and the former Leeds Co-op – to develop and implement new strategic approaches.

Commenting on the appointment, Neil Turton, chief executive officer of Nisa-Today’s, said: “Bill has significant experience of senior management roles in mutual companies. We are confident he will drive the Today’s Group forward in these challenging economic times and beyond. The board and I would like to thank Rodney for the outstanding contribution he has made to Nisa-Today’s for the past 27 years.”

Laird will join the group on March 1 and will become a member of Nisa-Today’s (Holdings) Board Limited. He said: “I am delighted to be joining Nisa-Today’s which presents me with an exciting new challenge, although I recognise Rodney Hunt will be a tough act to follow. I bring extensive industry experience and a retailer’s perspective to the wholesale business that will hopefully add a new dimension and value to the excellent relationships the group enjoys with its members.”

Hunt concluded: “I am delighted that Bill has been appointed to the role. Having been closely involved in the interview process, I am confident he will continue to develop the Today’s Group successfully and look forward to starting work on a handover with him in March. I hope Bill finds working with Nisa-Today’s as rewarding as I have for more than two decades.”

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