Move of the Week: Wilko’s new CFO will need to hit the ground running

Wilko store front

It’s a difficult time for anyone employed in retail, and thoughts are with those who have already lost their job or face an anxious wait to see if it still exists as bosses pick through the wreckage caused by Covid-19.

At an executive recruitment level there are signs that, after several largely dormant months, the market is slowly beginning to pick up again.

Enquiries are on the increase and confirmed appointments, such as Pippa Wicks at John Lewis and Karen Mackay as Wilko’s new chief financial officer, demonstrate that minds are turning to the task of building leadership teams fit for a post-pandemic future.

It was confirmed this week that Mackay will take up the CFO role in September, succeeding Alex Russo, who left to join rival value retailer B&M in March.


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