He will be leaving the SGF on September 23 to pursue other business interests. Landsburgh took up the chief executive role in September 2000 shortly after selling his two c-stores to CJ Lang. He had bought his shops from his family’s chain of five stores trading as Spars after a career in accounting.
In his five years at the SGF, Landsburgh counts bringing the Scottish co-operatives into the federation’s fold as one of his major achievements and takes pride in his role as scrutiniser of the Scottish Executive. Recently he has been heavily involved in the consultation process for the new Licensing (Scotland) Bill.
Stirling-based retailer Pete Cheema will take over the SGF presidency from Hamish Stewart in February 2006. Cheema is a member of the SGF national executive and has been in retailing for 17 years.