Musgrave Group plc announced today (12 September) that Noel Keeley, current managing director of Musgrave Wholesale Partners, has been appointed as CEO designate of Musgrave.
Keeley will succeed current CEO Chris Martin, who announced his retirement earlier this year is due to take up this position on 1 January 2020, following a handover period.
"We are delighted that Noel has accepted the position as Musgrave CEO," said Nicky Hartery, Musgrave Chairman.
“He will bring his vast experience to bear as we build on our Growing Good Business strategy."
Keeley is currently managing director of Musgrave Wholesale Partners, where he is responsible for Musgrave’s wholesale business across the island of Ireland.
He joined Musgrave in 2005 and was Group HR Director before he took up his current role in 2010.
Prior to joining Musgrave, he was HR Vice President at University College Cork.
Other previous roles include serving as CEO of Keewatin Regional Health Board – Government of Northwest Territories in Canada.
The food retail and wholesale company said in a statement that Keely has transformed Musgrave MarketPlace, which has become Ireland’s leading wholesale business for retailers, SMEs and a one-stop shop for the hospitality sector.
"Under Noel’s leadership our wholesale and food service business has become the market leader across the island of Ireland and he has driven the growth of SuperValu and Centra in Northern Ireland," Hartery added.
He has also led the growth of SuperValu and Centra in Northern Ireland and he was responsible for the acquisition of fine food specialist La Rousse Foods.
Chris Martin's Departure
Musgrave Group plc announced on the 10 May that Chris Martin, who became CEO in 2005, would be retiring from the group.
During his tenure, Chris achieved a number of significant milestones including guiding Musgrave through the recession to today where SuperValu, Centra and MarketPlace have achieved record turnover; the acquisition of key brands like Superquinn, La Rousse Foods and Donnybrook Fair and the establishment of new brands such as Frank and Honest.
Hartery said: "We would like to thank Chris Martin for his leadership over the past fifteen years, having firmly established Musgrave as Ireland’s leading food retail, wholesale and foodservice company.”
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