Midlands Co-op chief general manager John Fitzgerald has been promoted to the helm of the society following the retirement of chief executive Willie Tucker.
From the early 1970s, Fitzgerald held a series of positions within Safeway, including district manager in east Scotland for five years.
He then joined the Co-operative Movement as retail controller for Oxford and Swindon Society in 1984 and joined Midlands in 1998.
Tucker has been CEO at Midlands Co-op for four years and has spent 45 years in the co-operative movement. His
career began at Port Glasgow United Co-operative Society in 1960.
He then moved to the Milton Keynes and Ilkeston societies before going to Central Midlands in 1991 as chief executive. After its merger with Leicestershire Society in 1995, he became chief general manager of Midlands Society. In 1992, Tucker was one of four founder members of the Co-operative Retail Trading Group, which now covers food buying and marketing for the whole movement.
Commenting on his forthcoming retirement - the date has yet to be determined - Tucker said: “I have been privileged to have spent the whole of my working life with the movement and to have been actively involved in so many different parts of it.”
Fiona McLelland