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O'Key appoints Maher

ONE of Russia's top grocery chains, O'Key Group, has appointed Kerry-born retail guru Tony Maher as its chief executive.

Based in St Petersburg, O'Key group operates close to 100 hypermarkets and supermarkets across 22 Russian cities and had sales last year of $4bn (€3bn).

From Faha in Killarney, Mr Maher (57) was chief executive of Russian retailer Wimm-Bill-Dann between 2006 and 2011. He souped up its marketing and the business was sold in 2011 to Pepsi for $5.8bn (€4.2bn).

Mr Maher, who will replace Patrick Longuet, said he was delighted to be joining O'Key and said that he looked forward to helping it achieve "many new milestones".