Morrisons promotes Trevor Strain to COO

UK grocer Morrisons has appointed Trevor Strain as its new COO, as part of a reshuffle of senior management.

Strain, who is currently group chief finance and commercial officer, and has been executive director and CFO since 2013, will now assume responsibilities for commercial, manufacturing, supply chain, logistics, operations development, online and wholesale.

Meanwhile, Michael Gleeson has been named Morrisons' new CFO and he will start the job on 3 February 2020 when the retailer’s new financial year begins. Morrisons said his annual salary will be £490,000.

Gleeson joined Morrisons in 2014, and he is currently trading director with responsibility for ambient grocery, frozen, dairy, fuel and services. He has held that role since January 2017, and before that he was group financial controller and supermarkets finance director.

Before joining Morrisons, the CFO designate spent 15 years at supermarket rival, Tesco, holding various senior finance roles. He will also join the executive board when he assumes the new role in 2020 and – like Strain – he will report directly into CEO, David Potts.

Gleeson will take on the role of group finance director, reporting into Strain, for the next two months in preparation for assuming his new responsibilities.

"These two appointments are a result of strong management development plans at Morrisons and I am delighted that we are promoting two highly capable colleagues from within the team,” said Potts.

“I look forward to continuing to work closely with both of them.”

He added: "Trevor is a proven and outstanding business leader who has played a pivotal role in the ongoing Morrisons turnaround. Michael has extensive financial, commercial and retail experience, together with a first-class track record, and his appointment will further strengthen the executive team.”