First Milk strengthens Board

First Milk is broadening the business experience of its Board with the appointment of Bob Stott, formerly chief executive of Wm. Morrison Supermarkets plc, as a non-executive director. He joins First Milk on 1st April 2011.In addition to extended periods with Mars and Geest plc, Stott worked with Morrisons in a number of roles - over two spells – for 26 years in total. Latterly at Morrisons his focus centred on activities related to the acquisition of Safeway, which transformed Morrisons from a regional supermarket to a national chain.

Following his retirement as chief executive in 2006, he represented Morrisons to the Competition Commission in their investigations into the UK grocery industry from 2006 – 2008.

In recent years Stott has undertaken some non-executive roles that reflect his interest in business and sport. He currently sits on the Board of a number of organisations including the Rugby Football League Governing Body; the Greyhound Board of Great Britain; Leeds Building Society and Frank Roberts (a regional family controlled bakery based in Cheshire).

Stott replaces Beverley Hodson, who is stepping down after serving six years on the First Milk Board.

First Milk's chairman Bill Mustoe commented, "On behalf of the Board, I thank Beverley for her commitment over the past six years. In particular, her retail insight has been very useful in our discussions. We wish her every success for the future.

"I am very pleased that Bob Stott is joining the business. I am certain that his broad commercial experience will be valuable as we continue to reshape First Milk."


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21 March 2011