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04 Jan 2019 | 07:14

McColl's appoints Robbie Bell as chief financial officer

Convenience retailer McColl's revealed following a rigorous search process, it has appointed Robbie Bell to the board as chief financial officer.

Robbie, who is moving on from his current position as chief executive officer of Welcome Break, following its takeover by Applegreen, will take up his appointment on 17 January 2019.

Robbie was appointed CFO of Welcome Break, one of the UK's leading independent motorway service operators, in 2017 before taking on the role of CEO in early 2018.

His time at Welcome Break included managing the sale and ownership transition process, which has been achieved whilst delivering against financial targets.

Prior to that, and since 2009, he had been the CFO of Screwfix Direct, a subsidiary of Kingfisher. During his time there he oversaw significant business growth, driven by strong like-for-like sales and an extensive store opening programme.

With over 20 years of retail experience, Robbie was the UK Finance Director of Travelodge from 2006-2008, and formerly held a number of senior finance positions at Tesco.

These included roles within the commercial buying division and finance director of convenience retailer Adminstore, which was acquired and integrated into the Tesco convenience estate.

Robbie is also a non-executive director and chair of the Audit Committee of Ultimate Products Global Sourcing.

Pursuant to the announcement on 23 July 2018, McColl's' departing CFO Simon Fuller will leave the company on 22 February 2019 following a handover period.

CEO Jonathan Miller said: "I am delighted to welcome someone of Robbie's calibre and expertise to the board.

"With such a wealth of senior experience in retail and finance, he will add significant strength to the team.

"I am confident Robbie will make a valuable contribution as we deliver our strategy to enhance our neighbourhood convenience offer."

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