Landmark Wholesale has announced the appointment of a new managing director following the departure of Martin Williams at the end of last year.
John Mills, who will start in May, has a wealth of commercial experience in UK food and drinks manufacturing, wholesaling and retailing, including leadership roles at Keith Spicer, InterContinental Brands, Gaymer Cider, Constellation Wines Europe, and Strathmore Mineral Water Co. He has also been chairman of Hyperama, the Midlands-based wholesaler, for the past three years.
Sam Wilcox, Landmark’s chairman, said: “This is a really exciting time for Landmark and having John in place, with his considerable experience and knowledge of the sector, will help us tackle the challenges currently faced by the industry.”
Mills said: “The wholesale sector, like many other channels, faces many challenges driven by macro-economic factors, legislative changes and dynamic consumer trends. However, smart businesses thrive in changing times, and I am confident that Landmark is well positioned to continue its success built over the past 45 years.
Mills added that having had a long association with Landmark, he wanted to continue building the buying group in the future. He said: “We have a strong and loyal membership of 38 successful companies and a committed central office whose purpose is to best serve its members. Having had a long association with Landmark I am passionate and excited about helping to take the business to the next stage in its development.”
Landmark is one of the UK’s largest wholesale buying groups, with 38 members across the UK, turning over just under £3bn each year.