Three Makro directors have been given key roles in Booker’s enlarged management team following the wholesaler’s acquisition of the company.
Booker acquired Makro in May last year but has had to run the businesses separately while awaiting competition clearance from first the OFT and then the Competition Commission. That clearance came in April, and the wholesaler has now revealed an enlarged management team.
Stephen Blan will run Makro. He joined Makro in December 2011 as operations director, having been European retail director at Carphone Warehouse. Prior to that, he spent 24 years at Dixons.
Sam Newton will be in charge of small companies. She joined Makro in February 2012 as head of customer and was previously head of advertising at Asda. Small companies are a key area for Makro. It has 963,000 small company customers compared with 60,000 at Booker - she is tasked with growing the number in the enlarged group.
Mike Baker, meanwhile, will be part of Booker’s group buying team, heading trading for non-food - another key area for Makro. Baker joined Makro in 2009 from First Quench Retailing where he was business development director. He took on the role of head of own brand and merchandising at Makro before being promoted to procurement and merchandising director for food in February last year.
Booker CEO Charles Wilson said: “Together Booker and Makro will become the UK’s leading wholesaler to caterers, retailers and small businesses.
“We will provide our customers with improved choice, prices and service via the internet, delivery and cash & carry. We have a great team at Booker and Makro and together we will help our customers prosper.”