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Crawshaw Group PLC (CRAW)

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Thursday 18 December, 2014

Crawshaw Group PLC

Appointment of Chief Executive Officer

RNS Number : 9648Z
Crawshaw Group PLC
18 December 2014

Crawshaw Group plc

("Crawshaw" or the "Company")


Appointment of Chief Executive Officer

Crawshaw Group Plc ('Crawshaw') is delighted to announce the appointment of Noel Collett as the Chief Executive Officer, and he is expected to take up his new role on 1st March 2015, when he will also be appointed as a director of Crawshaw.


Noel joins Crawshaw from Lidl, having spent 16 years with the German Discounter.  He has held a number of senior leadership roles in the UK and Germany, and for the last 12 years has served as Lidl's Chief Operating Officer for the UK business.  Noel has been widely credited as an instrumental figure in transforming Lidl from a low-cost brand to a high-quality value retailer during a decade of rapid sales growth.  He has also been responsible for overseeing the Lidl portfolio growth from 200 stores to over 600 stores generating annual sales of over £4bn, whilst leading an expanding workforce of 14,000 employees.  Additionally, Noel was responsible for the roll-out of the improved in-store "fresh concept", which included the fresh meat and poultry range, across all their UK stores.



Richard Rose, Crawshaws Chairman, said:


"We are pleased to announce today the appointment of Noel Collett as our Chief Executive Officer from 1st March 2015.  Noel brings a wealth of value retailing experience along with expertise in business strategy, brand development and business transformation during periods of rapid portfolio and sales growth.


We are excited by Noel's appointment and look to the future with great confidence as the business embarks on a period of accelerated store expansion throughout the UK"


Noel Collett said:


"The Crawshaw business model is unique with a fantastic proposition and the company has very ambitious growth plans for the future. I am really looking forward to joining a great team and I am very excited about getting started"


Additional Information:


Noel's full name is Noel Nathan James Collett and he is aged 39.  During the last 5 years he has been a director of Lidl Limited, Lidl UK GMBH and Lidl UK Assets GMBH, but no longer holds any of those directorships.

There is no further information to be disclosed under Rule 17 and schedule 2 paragraph (g) of the AIM rules in respect of his appointment to the Board of Crawshaw.

For further information, please contact:


Crawshaw Group plc

Lynda Sherratt

Tel: 01709 369 600

WH Ireland Limited

Tel: 0161 832 2174

Katy Mitchell


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