Former Waitrose and Marks & Spencer director Steven Esom has been appointed as chairman of BRC Trading, the commercial arm of the British Retail Consortium.

He takes over from interim chairman David Adams in April. Adams will then become a non–executive director of BRC Trading.

“BRC Trading is going from strength to strength,” said BRC director general Stephen Robertson. “It’s a measure of its success that someone of Steven’s calibre has chosen to take on this role.”

Esom is currently operating partner at Langholm Capital and holds non-executive roles with a number of companies. He spent 12 years at Waitrose including five as managing director, before a brief stint as director of food at M&S.

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