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Greggs confirms CEO succession following strong 2022 sales

Roisin Currie has been appointed as CEO of Greggs as the UK food-to-go and coffee chain looks ahead to strong growth and further strategic development

Greggs has confirmed former Retail and Property Director Roisin Currie as its new CEO | Photo credit: Greggs

Following the close of its Annual General Meeting, Greggs has confirmed that Roger Whiteside, who is retiring, had stepped down and Roisin Currie had been appointed as new CEO.

The food-to-go and coffee chain, which recently reported an increase in like-for-like sales of 27.4% in the first 19 weeks of 2022, had announced plans for the transition in January. Currie, formerly Greggs' Retail and Property Director, was appointed to continue the work she had overseen in developing the chains retail estate and its growing delivery business, in partnership with Just Eat.

Greggs reports it has opened 43 net new outlets so far this year, including units at Birmingham and Liverpool airports. The chain now operates a total of 2,224 stores and in March revealed a target to reach 3,000 stores by 2028, with 150 net new store openings every year from 2022.

Prior to joining Greggs in 2010, Currie was responsible for UK supermarket giant Asda’s retail and distribution operations. She is a trustee of the Greggs Foundation and is Chair of the Employers Forum For Reducing Re-offending.

"I am delighted to be appointed as Chief Executive at a time when Greggs has so much potential ahead of it. Having been a senior executive in the business for twelve 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," Currie said.

Whiteside will remain available to support the transition process until his notice period concludes on 5 January 2023.

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