John Weaver, commercial director of fine food distributor Petty, Wood, has hung up his travelling boots.
Having worked in continental Europe for companies such as Danone, Beiersdorf, Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch and consulting firm AT Kearney, Weaver is pleased to have returned to the UK to put down some roots.
“I moved back to the UK because I wanted to settle down, have children and get married. An international career meant that I was never at home,” he says.

He moved back to the UK in March 2002. Within four months he was married and within the year his first child was born. His second child is due any day now.
Weaver says that at Petty, Wood he has found the perfect position where he is able to work for a UK company in a European role and has also been heavily involved in the turnaround of the company. He says a total reorganisation at Petty, Wood over the past three years has meant that the distributor has recorded one of its ‘best ever’ years with good growth and strong profitability. 

“The work we have done to enhance channel coverage and customer service, and in particular the new strategic focus over the last two years, has given us a competitive edge,” he says.
Weaver relishes his role because he likes to have an impact on different areas of the business. “I honestly can’t think of anything negative about my job,” he says. “I get huge satisfaction out of working at something to see positive results.” 

He is currently juggling a range of responsibilities. The group is currently pitching for new business and is closing a deal with a global confectionery company. Petty, Wood is also reviewing its current brand portfolio performance and negotiating contracts with a sugar-free confectionery brand. One major launch is also in the pipeline.