WM Morrison poaches Waitrose second in command as seeks to move upmarket

WM Morrison yesterday lured Richard Hodgson from Waitrose to be commercial director to replace trading director Martyn Jones, who has been give the new role of corporate services director.

Jones will take up his new position from September 2010 when he will step down from the Morrison’s board.

Hodgson has experience across all areas of the UK grocery market and has held a number of key roles in both the premium and value sectors. He previously worked as brand and marketing director at Asda for ten years and since 2006 as director of buying for Waitrose. After 2008 his responsibilities increased to include marketing, international development and merchandising.

Chief executive, Dalton Philips said: “I’m delighted to welcome Richard to the Morrisons team. He brings wide experience from all areas of the UK grocery market and has made a big impact in all of his senior roles. His appointment underlines Morrisons ability to attract the very best talent in retail to our team and we very much look forward to working with him.”