Name: John Fitzgerald Position: Chief general manager Company: Midlands Co-op The job: Fitzgerald has been promoted to chief general manager of Midlands Co-op -the UK's second largest independent Co-op. He retains his previous responsibilities as general manager for the Co-op's £375m retail division, as well as deputising and supporting chief executive Willie Tucker in his new role, as the Midlands Co-op pursues an aggressive expansion strategy. Background: Fitzgerald, 48, joined Midlands Co-op when he moved to Staffordshire in 1998, after a stint as retail controller at the Oxford, Swindon and Gloucester Co-op society. His career had been at Safeway before joining the Co-op. He said: "I joined Midlands Co-op knowing its strength and potential. These are very exciting times for the society and the Co-operative movement as a whole. I am proud to be playing such a key role in shaping its continuing success." {{PEOPLE MOVES }}