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Youngest Ever President for SGF


Scottish Grocers Federation has announced two major developments in its long-term succession planning.

Nisa retailer Dan Brown has been appointed to the role of SGF Senior Vice-President. This means that Brown – widely seen as a rising star of the sector in Scotland – will assume the Presidency when the current President Asim Sarwar steps down in October 2020. Brown, already a key member of the SGF National Executive, will become the Federation’s youngest ever President. Dan Brown commented,

'I am truly honoured to be taking on the role of Senior Vice-President and I am very much looking forward to working with Asim and the SGF team. The SGF has gone from strength to strength over the last few years and as we enter 2020 we bring with us a truly diverse wealth of experience and a political voice that has tremendous potential to influence the direction of our industry.”

SGF chief executive Dr Pete Cheema OBE said,

I am delighted that the National Executive has approved this move. This will ensure a smooth transition between two of the key roles within the federation. Dan’s fresh thinking, motivation and enthusiasm will undoubtedly have a big impact and will be a major asset as we move into 2020 and beyond.”

At the same time, SGF has announced that Keystore Retail Director Craig Brown will become the Federation’s Vice-President. This means that Brown will ultimately succeed to the Presidency when Dan Brown’s 2-year term ends in 2022.