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ARI Appoints Andrew Batchelor as Director of Buying and Strategy


Andrew Batchelor

ARI is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Batchelor as Director of Buying and Strategy.

Andrew has more than thirty years of retail experience in the UK, Europe and the US, the majority of which has been spent in senior buying and business development roles at Tesco, one of the world’s largest supermarket multiples. He commences his new role at ARI in early September.

Andrew began his retail career at Sainsbury’s in the UK in 1976, where he spent the subsequent ten years. He moved to Tesco in 1987 where, over the next two decades, he worked on Business Development in the US, and as Category Director in the UK and Ireland in the group’s grocery division.  He was also centrally involved in many major initiatives at Tesco during this period including the Buy for Less campaign and the development of the retailer’s Joint Business Planning Concept with major FMCG suppliers.

Andrew left Tesco in 2008 to set up his own consultancy business, focusing on retail and buying strategy. Since then he has worked with a range of clients including Boston Consulting Group, Premier Foods, La Doria, Bridgethorne, Gustoland of Germany, Musgrave Ireland and Carpetright.

He also served as interim board Trading Director for Musgrave GB on a consultancy basis for a six-month period to April 2009 where he led the implementation of new trading and promotional strategies.

“This is a strategic appointment for ARI,” said ARI Chief Executive Officer, Jack MacGowan. “Andrew is the latest appointment to our senior management team and we are delighted to welcome someone of his depth and range of experience as we work to deliver ARI’s ambitious plans for growth over the coming years.”

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