M&S hires Morrisons man to head Simply Food

M&S has appointed Morrisons’ Chris Taylor to run its 360-strong Simply Food convenience store business.

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His appointment is the third senior hire made by chief executive Mark Bolland this year, joining international boss Jan Heere and Laura Wade-Gery, who joined in February to oversee the retailer’s digital operations.

The departure of the former business development director will be a blow to Morrisons’ chief executive Dalton Phillips. Taylor had been in charge of developing Morrisons’ convenience store offering M Local, one of Phillips’ key strands in his plan to grow the supermarket.

Morrisons has promoted Miles Foster and Keith Wright to lead the next phase of its convenince store pilot and says the project is “on track” to open its first store in York in July.

Taylor replaces Neil Hyslop at M&S, who has moved to the role of space and planning director. He joins on 5 May.

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