Richard Gillingwater steps down from Morrisons board

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The supermarket's senior team has been shaken up in recent months (Source: Getty)

SSE chairman-to-be Richard Gillingwater has decided to step down from the board of Morrisons, the supermarket announced today.

Gillinwater, who was appointed to the board just two years ago, will step down from the post at the next annual general meeting in June.

Today, he alluded to the supermarket's recent struggles to compete with discounters.

I have had a thoroughly rewarding few years on the board... notwithstanding the considerable recent upheaval in the supermarket industry. However, my appointment as chairman of SSE, coupled with my other responsibilities, will require a significant time commitment.

The supermarket's management has undergone a radical upheaval over the past couple of months, as it sought to reposition itself.

Last month it named former Tesco Asia boss David Potts as its new chief executive, after the sudden departure of Dalton Phillips.

In January new chairman Andrew Higginson took over from Sir Ian Gibson.

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