THE Chief Executive Designate (Trading) of what will soon be the world's largest consumer co-operative has set out his aims and ambitions for the enlarged Co-operative Group.
In his keynote address to Congress 2007 in Brighton, Peter Marks (pictured) ? currently Chief Executive of United Co-operatives ? said he would be entirely focused on ensuring that, by the time he retires, the Movement will have seen its market share increase; its membership activity rejuvenated; its employees better rewarded and the co-operative brand restored to its "rightful place in the affections of the great British shopper."
Mr Marks ? who said he had not wanted to speak at Congress, but had been persuaded to do so by Co-operatives UK Chief Executive Pauline Green ? told delegates and guests that his targets should be the task of every co-operator in the land.
He said that one of the reasons he had been persuaded to address Congress for the second year running was that he wanted to respond to critics in the Movement, some of whom had questioned his commitment to the co-operative ethos.
See the full story in The Co-operative News, published July 10th.