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Since leaving Asda in 2016, Clarke has held a number of non-executive roles, including as chairman of Spoon Guru

Former Asda CEO Andy Clarke has landed a new role as chairman of operational improvement specialist Newton.

The company claims to have worked with retailers abd suppliers on saving hundreds of millions of pounds in operational improvements, while enhancing service levels for end users and customers. It specialises in retail and food manufacturing, health and social care, as well as defence and infrastructure.

Newton’s turnover, profit and headcount growth has averaged over 30% per annum since its formation in 2001.

Clarke brings over 25 years’ experience in retail and wider sectors, having worked with Morrisons, Iceland, Matalan and Asda, where he became CEO in 2010.

Since leaving Asda in 2016, Clarke has held a number of non-executive roles, including as chairman of Spoon Guru, board adviser for Albert Bartlett and chair of tech firm Immodulon Therapeutics.

“Scientifically, we know that even the best-performing companies have the potential to be even better,” said Newton founding director Andrew Hawes.

“We apply this philosophy to our clients, the professional services market, the people that work here, and Newton itself. This is why we have invited Andy to join us. He brings a huge amount of senior management expertise and recognises why Newton is such a different kind of consultancy. As chairman, he can challenge our business and we very much look forward to his input as we expand into new sectors.”

Clarke said: “A great deal of my career has been about understanding how people can work better and more efficiently - which is why I’m so excited to be working with Newton. The company works at the coalface alongside colleagues to solve the biggest and most complex challenges. They also go one step further by guaranteeing their fees against delivering measurable results.

“Their impressive growth is down to the exciting nature of their proposition and the fact that they have some of the sharpest, and nicest, people in industry.”

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