Majestic Wine reveals changes to its leadership team

Majestic Wine has revealed details of a number of changes to key personnel, as the business prepares for its new chapter.

Robert Cooke has been given the responsibility of running Majestic Commercial, alongside his other roles as chief commercial officer, which includes overseeing the company’s trading proposition and buying teams and building the customer offer across all channels. As a result of this, Olivia Fitzgerald, Majestic’s commercial managing director, will be leaving the business.

Matthew Gaunt who has been advising the business since January will take up the position of Interim Customer Director, taking on responsibility for marketing and customer management.

The retailer also revealed the appointment of John Storm as Head of Buying. Storm joins Majestic from Marks & Spencer where he led the Beer Wine and Spirits Trading team and before that had many years of experience with Tesco in a series of Senior Commercial and Buying roles.

Deborah Ormondroyd will also be joining the Retail business on May 4 as the new Regional Manager for London. She recently worked at Cath Kidston, where she was the Regional Manager for South and Europe and previously she has spent her career in specialist retailers.

John Colley, chief executive officer, said: “The recent additions to our team show a clear pathway and investment in the future of Majestic. I am delighted to welcome new colleagues into the business during this pivotal year for the company. They join alongside a series of key internal promotions too, something which Majestic has a long tradition of.

Clearly, right now our focus is on navigating the difficulties presented by the coronavirus outbreak. Whilst our number one priority remains the wellbeing of everyone connected with Majestic, we are also working hard to build a plan and structure which will enable us to grow in the months and years to come.

I would also personally like to highlight my thanks to Olivia Fitzgerald for her hard work, passion and positivity over the last few years. I’m sure I speak for Majestic as a whole as I wish her well on her next chapter.“