Landmark Wholesale marketing director Chris Rose is set to retire next year and will step down officially on 30 May following the buying group's annual conference in Cape Town.

Rose has led key initiatives for Landmark as marketing director, including introducing the award-winning Vintners Collection exclusive wine range and then relaunching its Caterers' Kitchen range. He also worked with key suppliers to develop Landmark's Hot House store development programme.

Rose joined Landmark from Blakemore Wholesale five years ago, where he was sales and marketing director, during which time he sat on the Landmark board.

The search for Rose's successor has already begun, but Landmark Wholesale MD Martin Williams said he would be a hard act to follow. "He has been instrumental in our success over the past five years," said Williams. "He was an outright workaholic and totally dedicated to his job."