Five new members for Retail Excellence board

RETAIL Excellence has announced the appointment of five new members to its board.

Joe Barrett, chief operating officer and co-owner of Applegreen, Darren Smyth, head of retail at Shannon Group PLC, Michelle McBride, retail director of Butlers Irish Chocolates, Michelle O’Gorman, group area and head of retail at the Kilkenny Group and Jean McCabe, owner of Willow, have all taken up positions on the Retail Excellence board.

Speaking about the new appointments, CEO, David Fitzsimons said: “I am delighted to welcome such quality additions to the board. Each new member brings insights from their respective sectors which added to their individual skillset, wealth of ability and experience will perfectly complement our existing members.

“I have worked with and know all of them personally and have no doubt that they will make a valuable contribution in shaping and developing future plans, direction and policies in tandem with existing members of the board.

“We have much planned for the remainder of this year and in the longer term to try and resolve the huge issues facing retail in these uncertain times.

“It is testament to the strength of our organisation that we can call on the quality and advice of our board members to come up with solutions to the challenges facing with us.

“It is an exciting time to be working with the board and I would like to thank all members for their hard work and dedication and I look forward to working for them for the betterment of the industry as a whole,” David Fitzsimons concluded.

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