Met­cash hires for­mer Coles, Woolies ex­ecs

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* Pa­per + Cape DVD + Case S T R U G G L I N G g r o c e r y whole­saler Met­cash has re­cruited two for­mer se­nior Coles and Wool­worths ex­ec­u­tives to help lead its turn­around ef­forts.

Met­cash has ap­pointed for­mer Coles man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Steven Cain to head its core IGA busi­ness, while Mark Hewlett has been re­cruited from Wool­worths to lead the com­pany’s search for new busi­ness.

Mr Cain, who pre­vi­ously worked for Asda in the UK, was brought in by the then Coles Myer to turn around its flag­ging su­per­mar­kets busi­ness in 2003 but abruptly left the po­si­tion 14 months later, re­port­edly af­ter clashes with staff.

He will join Met­cash on Au­gust 1 and will have re­spon­si­bil­ity for IGA’s ef­forts to re­gain mar­ket share and lift prof­itabil­ity in the face of in­tense com­pe­ti­tion from Coles, Wool­worths and Aldi.

Mr Hewlett worked for Aldi and Lidl in the UK be­fore join­ing Wool­worths to de­velop its con­ve­nience busi­ness.

He will start work Met­cash on Au­gust 12.

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