Woolworths has appointed Steve Johnson as its new chief executive from September 1st.
Johnson was most recently chief executive of Focus DIY, a post he held for four years until July 2007. Prior to that he worked for GUS, supermarket chain Asda in a variety of roles and in a consulting role at The Kalchas Group.
At Focus, he successfully instigated a renewal strategy designed to grow sales, enhance margins and reduce costs. This was achieved through a realignment of the price proposition, a review of trading formats, an overhaul of the supply chain, the amalgamation of three head office locations and a reduction in central overheads.
"We are delighted that Steve will be joining Woolworths," said chairman Richard North. "With his strong background in both retail and consultancy, together with his particular experience in achieving a turnaround at Focus, he brings the strategic and operational skills that the group needs to help it move to the next stage of its development.
"The board of Woolworths is confident that Steve will add tremendous value leading our strong operational management teams in both the retail and distribution businesses. We are sure that he has a great deal to contribute to the recovery and growth of the Woolworths group."