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Greggs names retail and property director as new CEO

Roisin Currie, CEO

Greggs today announced that its retail and property director, Roisin Currie, is to become its new CEO from May 2022.

She will take over the reins from longstanding incumbent and industry veteran Roger Whiteside, who is taking retirement.

Ms Currie holds responsibility for Greggs’ retail operations across the UK and its central support team.

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Additionally, she leads the development of the Greggs shop estate and its growing delivery business, in partnership with Just Eat.

As a member of the company’s operating board, she has played a key role in the development of the strategic plans set out by the company following the pandemic.

“I am delighted to be appointed as chief executive at a time when Greggs has so much potential ahead of it,” she said.

“Having been a senior executive in the business for 12 years I understand our values-driven approach and the contribution that our 25,000 colleagues make each day. We have created a plan for strong growth and further strategic development of Greggs and I look forward to driving this in the coming years.”

Prior to joining Greggs in 2010, Ms Currie worked at Asda where she held people director roles responsible for the organisation’s retail and distribution operations.

She is a trustee of the Greggs Foundation and is chair of the Employers Forum For Reducing Re-offending.

Ian Durant, chairman of Greggs, said: “Roisin has played a central role in the success of Greggs as it has developed as a multi-channel food-on-the-go business and I am delighted that she will lead the next phase of our growth as chief executive.”

He added: “She has deep experience of our culture and our strategic plan, and will lead with energy and character. Roger Whiteside has been an outstanding chief executive and I wish him well for the future. Roisin and I look forward to working with Roger to ensure a smooth transition.”

Mr Whiteside will officially step down from the board at the close of Greggs’ AGM in May, but will remain available to support the transition process until his notice expires on 5 January 2023.

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