By Deb Jackson, National Liquor News
Scott Marshall has stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of Australian Liquor Marketers (ALM) and has been named as the new CEO of the Supermarkets & Convenience pillar of Metcash, effective immediately.
Marshall has been the CEO of ALM for the past four years and has more than 25 years’ experience in wholesale and retail with Metcash.
Marshall told TheShout that he is looking forward to the new challenge. “I have always been very passionate about independent retailers and I am looking forward to leading the team and creating further opportunities in supermarkets and convenience. It is a bittersweet day for me as I have loved working for ALM and will never really leave the liquor industry as it in my blood.”
Rod Pritchard the current General Manager Merchandise of ALM will act as the interim Chief Executive of the Liquor business.
Pritchard has extensive experience in the liquor industry including three years at Metcash working closely with Marshall on ALM’s growth initiatives, as well as more than 15 years with Brown-Forman.
He told TheShout: “Scott certainly leaves big shoes to fill, but I look forward to the challenge and it will be business as usual while we continue to execute the strategies already in place. We will continue to work closely with our retailers and suppliers on supporting and growing independents in the liquor market.”
The senior management changes come following the resignation of former CEO, Supermarkets & Convenience, Steven Cain, who had been commuting from Melbourne to Sydney for three years for the role.
Cain has since been named as the next Managing Director of Coles, succeeding John Durkan, who will step down later this year following 10 years in senior leadership positions at Coles, including four as Managing Director.
Metcash Group CEO, Jeff Adams said: “We understand Steven’s decision to be based in Melbourne and thank him for his contribution in his role as CEO of Supermarkets & Convenience.
“We are fortunate to have a strong leadership team, and Scott is well placed to take over as the CEO of Supermarkets & Convenience.”