Saturday October 24, 2020

Bowling over his rivals

There was general surprise when Musgrave announced in late 2004 that it planned to elevate its finance director, Chris Martin, to the chief executive’s job when Seamus Scally bowed out the following April.

17th June, 2006

The Cork retail giant, which owns the SuperValu and Centra brands, had developed a reputation for appointing top posts to company stalwarts. Martin, at the time of the appointment, had been on the payroll a mere 18months,while Scally had three decades of loyal service.

Martin, a cricket-loving Englishman, seemed an odd choice for a company that prided itself on being an Irish-owned family enterprise. He had a strong retail pedigree, but had left his...

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