Rupert Thomas to replace retiring Mark Williamson as Waitrose commercial director


Waitrose has confirmed it has shuffled its marketing executives after long-serving Mark Williamson announced he will retire from his commercial director position.

After a decade at the company Williamson, marketing director Rupert Thomas will replace him as commercial director, although Williamson will continue to chair the Leckford Estate - the Waitrose Farm - a role he took up earlier this year.

Rob Collins, Waitrose managing director, said: “Mark has done a fantastic job and achieved great things on the commercial front; he’s been a valued board colleague, bringing wisdom and experience to our work.”

Collins continued: “Rupert, our very successful marketing director, also has strong commercial experience. He is the ideal candidate to pick up the baton from Mark and I wish them both well for the future.”

Thomas joined Waitrose in 2003 having spent over 10 years in various commercial and marketing roles; his first job with us was heading Waitrose’s grocery and fruit buying teams.

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