Oddbins rejig as Buckley leaves
Published:  19 February, 2010

Oddbins’ buying team has undergone a reshuffle following the departure of buyer Julie Buckley.

Buckley had been with the company for seven years but decided to pursue other business opportunities.

Richard Verney has become the chain’s head of buying and Claire Graham has been promoted to senior buyer. Ana Sapungiu and Ben Gubbins have been appointed trainee buyers.

Buckley began her career with Oddbins in London stores, before moving into the buying department, initially as an administrator.

She said: “My time at Oddbins has been extremely rewarding and has given me a tremendous breadth of experience within the trade.

“I am delighted to have been part of the buying team under the ownership of Simon Baile and Henry Young. It has been particularly satisfying to see our work together over the past 18 months has finally put Oddbins back on track to be the best wine retailer in the UK.”?Managing director Baile praised Buckley’s “significant contribution to the business over the years”.

Oddbins has also named Des Cross its new finance director.

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