Scotmid has announced that its chief executive John Brodie will retire in August 2024.
Brodie has been with the co-operative for over 30 years, nearly 20 of those as chief executive. A chartered accountant who worked in an accountancy practice, he joined Scotmid in 1993 as chief financial officer. He was appointed acting chief executive in 2004 and chief executive in February 2005.
He will continue in role until August next year when a new chief executive will be in position. Scotmid said its board has already started the process of finding a successor.
“On behalf of myself, the board of directors, staff, and members I would like to thank John for the way he has guided the society through some of the most difficult times that businesses have ever faced from the credit crunch, Brexit, Covid through to the continuing cost of living crisis,” Jim Watson, president of Scotmid said.
“When he retires next August, he will hand over a strong and successful Society that delivers our core purpose of ’Serving our communities and improving people’s everyday lives.’”
John Brodie said: “It’s certainly not goodbye just yet as there is still a great deal of work to be done between now and next August so it’s very much business as usual. However, making my announcement early will help ensure a smooth transition enabling the Society to continue as normal. I can say, however, that the past 30 years have been full of a huge number of positives and a number of challenges, and I am immensely proud of how my colleagues have every time risen to those challenges.”