Wilson takes helm to lead Booker revival

Booker’s recently appointed chief executive Charles Wilson will be making his first public presentation since he took charge of the company in October.

The move was a return for Wilson who first joined Booker in 1998 when Stuart Rose was put in charge of the then plc. At the time Booker was being crushed under a mountain of debt and Rose and Wilson masterminded the break-up of the company, including the sell-off of its foodservice arm which now operates as 3663.

Wilson was appointed managing director of Booker in July 2000, after it was merged with Iceland, and he left in January 2001 to link up with Rose again at Arcadia.

He joined Rose again when he took control of Marks and Spencer, before his move back to Booker.

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