A spokeswoman for Henderson Group said that McWhinney, who joined in 1976 after 11 years at M&S, would retire on January 31.
McWhinney began his career with Henderson Group as general manager for its company-owned stores.
He held this role for two years before being
appointed retail director for the business.
In 1978 he left Henderson to take up the role of CEO of the Belfast Co-operative Society. After five years he returned to Henderson in the position of sales director.
He has also held the role of sales and marketing director. Henderson Group said that during the past 20 years and in the course of a long and illustrious career, McWhinney had played a key part in the successful growth of the group.
This included the successful development of a number of franchises in Northern Ireland including Spar, EuroSpar, Vivo and Vivoxtra.
Paddy Doody, who is currently sales director for Henderson Wholesale, will become sales and marketing director after McWhinney’s retirement.
Doody will take over McWhinney’s responsibilities for the group marketing function at Henderson Wholesale.
Bacardi-Martini UK has conducted an internal reshuffle following the promotion of commercial director Maurice Doyle to MD for global duty free. Michael Birch, director of off-trade sales, becomes sales director and Andrew Carter, director of marketing for B-M UK Spirits, becomes marketing director.
Masterfoods UK has promoted Mark Johnson to UK MD for petcare. Johnson is currently European franchise director for dry dog food and complementary petcare. He replaces Richard Kellam who becomes European president for petcare.
The Irish Food Board has appointed Beatrice Blake as general manager for Bord Bia UK. Blake joins from Leo Burnett Advertising in Dublin where she was an account director. She replaces Michael Murphy, now Bord Bia’s European markets director.
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