Scottish co-operative Scotmid has announced that acting chief executive John Brodie has been appointed chief executive.
Brodie takes over from Colin Bird, who decided to leave the society at the end of last year.
Prior to Bird’s departure, Brodie, who is a qualified chartered accountant, had been Scotmid’s head of finance since 2000. He said: “It is a great honour to be chosen to lead one of the most progressive and
forward-thinking retailers in the country. However, I am under no illusions that in the current highly competitive retail marketplace, we face, and have to address many challenges.”
Several problem trading areas are top of the new chief executive’s agenda and although he felt that there were excellent people within the business, he said: “Another priority will be looking at the management structure of Scotmid and strengthening it to continue the growth of the society.
“Having been with the Society for over 12 years I am obviously well acquainted with all areas of the business, however, I will be embarking on a series of visits over the coming months to our stores and locations to meet as many of our employees as possible.”