Casper Meijer is to step down as Group Trading Director at Morrisons with immediate effect.
Casper’s family remain in The Netherlands and he has decided not to commit to living a fuller part of his life in Britain.
The external search for his successor will commence immediately.
Casper was appointed to the Morrisons Management Board in December 2012 and has since then been leading the company’s trading strategy with the objective of delivering lower prices, fewer and bigger promotions and a simpler shopping trip.
Morrisons Chief Executive David Potts said: “Casper has played an important role in starting the process of making Morrisons better value-for-money for customers. However, we both believe now is the right time for this crucial role to be taken by an executive who will dedicate all their efforts to living and working here in Britain.”
Andrew Pleasance, with nearly 30 years in the business working closely with our supply base, will take on the role of Group Trading Director on an interim basis.