Joint chiefs take over at Aldi UK

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The boss of Aldi’s Swiss operation this week took over joint control of Aldi UK and Ireland with Matthew Barnes.

Aldi has confirmed that Roman Heini, formerly country MD for Aldi Suisse, and Barnes, formerly MD of buying for Aldi Australia, will have joint responsibility for Aldi UK and Ireland.

Little is known about Heini in the UK and it is not clear how the duo will divide responsibilities, but the practice of employing joint MDs is not uncommon at Aldi.

Barnes - a former regional director of Aldi in the UK - is understood to have spent the past six months undergoing rigorous training, travelling to each of Aldi’s business units across the globe.

Aldi in the UK and Ireland has been run from its HQ in Germany since the departure of two MDs in quick succession last year. Paul Foley left unexpectedly in August.

He was replaced by Armin Burger, reputed to be Aldi’s biggest global star, who left after three months. Market share slipped from 3.0% to 2.9% in the 12 weeks ending 24 January [Kantar].

Read more
Barnes could share Aldi reins with CEO ‘partner’ (28 November 2009)
Don Pumsey on why Aldi’s Burgered off (28 November 2009)
Aldi names Aussie-based Barnes as new UK MD (16 October 2009)

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  • been shopping aldis for 20 years.what does dist bativia,il. mean?
    where are your canned veg.fruits grown,cereal bananas,produce grown?

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  • I would like to know what action Aldi as a whole is going to take to make it s spanish veg n fruit suppliers dispose of their waste properly and stop allowing plastics etc into the sea. The loss of a sperm whale through plastic waste, is dreadful, when there are only 1000 or so left is just disastrous not just to the whales but to the whole ocean eco system. Aldi MUST do something they are responsible for these suppliers

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  • Just used your new first avenue branch in Harlow essex. At 09:40 am today. Went to the first till the girl was serving but informed us she was closing and to use the next till so we stood on the other till just to see her serve the next customer who came along when I challenged this girl she blurted out it was procedure? Then her and her mate on the second till told us to leave the store and don't come back. Which I am quite happy to do. Disgraceful attitude. I reckon if you stick with that attitude you will be bust in a year. Good luck.

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