Morrisons Chief Poaches Waitrose Marketing Boss

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Morrisons Chief Poaches Waitrose Marketing Boss


Byline: Lucy Farndon

MORRISONS' new boss is shaking up the boardroom and bringing in his own man after just two months at the helm.

Dalton Philips has poached Richard Hodgson from Waitrose on an estimated [pounds sterling]1mplus pay and bonus package to be group commercial director.

He will be in charge of trading and will work with a broad remit as the Irishman's righthand man.

Hodgson used to work under Allan Leighton and Archie Norman at Asda in the 1990s - the same duo who recommended Philips for the Morrisons job - so there are no prizes for guessing how the two got together.

And while Hodgson was at Asda, Philips worked for Asda's parent company Wal-Mart in its international division as well as later working under Leighton at Canadian food group Loblaw.

Philips, who became chief executive at Morrisons at the end of March, said Hodgson's appointment 'underlines Morrisons' ability to attract the best talent in retail to our team'.

Retail sources praised Hodgson as a clever marketeer who has good commercial nous. Mark Price, managing director of Waitrose, where Hodgson has worked since 2006 said he has 'done a great job' and 'goes with our gratitude'.

It is a return to his Yorkshire roots for Hodgson, who grew up in Leeds. He is likely to be on a base salary of at least [pounds sterling]500,000 a year plus a bonus and shares. …

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