Saturday 18 November 2017

Senior executive Casey leaves Dunnes after just one year

John Mulligan

John Mulligan

John Casey, one of the most senior directors at Dunnes Stores, has left the retailer after just a year in the job, the Irish Independent has learned.

Mr Casey joined Dunnes last year from DCC-owned Allied Foods, where he was managing director. His departure marks the latest move in a series of executive musical chairs at Dunnes.

Earlier this year, Sheena Forde, the head of buying at Dunnes Stores, left the company. She had joined in 2010 after jumping ship from Superquinn, where she was operational and development director. She's a highly experienced executive, having worked for Walmart's Asda chain in the UK before joining Superquinn in 2006.

James Wilson, who was second in command at Superquinn, also left the company in 2010 to join Dunnes, where he's food director.

That move followed the departure from Dunnes in 2009 of Andrew Street, who was at the time the retailer's most senior non-family director. He left to join Superquinn, which was acquired last year by Cork-based Musgrave after the business teetered on the brink of collapse.

He was appointed chief executive of Superquinn when he joined, as then executive chairman Simon Burke moved to a non-executive role and later ended his role with the group.

Some insiders were not surprised at Mr Casey's departure from Dunnes within such a short time. They say senior executives are sometimes lured to the retailer only to find the roles more challenging than they anticipated.

Siblings Margaret Heffernan and Frank Dunne are also known to keep a very close eye on the operation. Mr Casey didn't begin work at Dunnes for some time after it became known he was poised to join the company. He was supply chain and corporate services director at Dunnes.

Dunnes Stores faces continuing challenges measuring up to bigger rival Tesco, which has a highly advanced distribution and logistics capability.

That enables stores to react quickly to customer demand. It also needs to devote less space to storage, maximising shelf space.

Irish Independent

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