The Co-operative Group (Co-op) has today, 13 July 2023, announced that Debbie White will become its new chair.
In her new role, he will succeed Allan Leighton when he steps down from the role in February 2024.
“The Co-op is the original business with purpose, with ambitious plans to grow further in the coming years and I’m excited by the prospect of being a part of a business which exists to meet the needs of its members,” White said.
Wealth Of Experience
White has held a series of significant and complex executive roles, including group chief executive of Interserve and Global CEO for healthcare and government at Sodexo.
More recently she has held a number of non-executive roles, including senior independent director at Spire Healthcare Group plc, Howden’s Joinery Group plc and PAVmed Inc.
White is expected to join Co-op's board as an Independent non-executive director in August 2023 before taking on the role of chair in February 2024 as Leighton reaches the end of his nine-year term.
Commenting on the new appointment, Leighton, said, “Debbie [White] is the ideal person to take our Co-op forwards over the coming years. She has extensive business experience across a range of sectors and I’m personally delighted that she will join us at this exciting time, as our Co-op focuses on recruiting a million new members and providing top class products and services for our members and customers.
“Over the past nine years our Co-op has regained its financial strength but it has never lost sight of its wider social commitments and responsibilities by delivering value to our member-owners. Under Debbie’s leadership I have every confidence that our Co-op will continue to grow and to deliver against these commitments.”