SOUTHERN Co-operatives have named former Marks & Spencer executive Mark Smith as the society's new Chief Financial Officer.
Mr Smith, who lives in Hampshire near the society's Fareham head office, has spent most of his professional career in retailing and held senior finance and business development posts with M & S, though for the past four years he has worked for British Waterways.
He said: "My time at BW was a great opportunity to undertake a number of business change projects, but crucially it also introduced me to the concept of the commercial not for dividend business model. I am now looking forward to using this experience to maximum effect with the Co-op which, of course, has a very similar mutual ethos.
"The Co-op is a fantastic brand with a tremendous history and huge potential for the future. I am very excited at the prospect of working with colleagues to grow the business in Southern England."