Unitas Wholesale has revamped its trading team with Lee Wharton (on-trade trading controller), Alex Trotman (licensed trading controller- retail) and Martin Shears (procurement manager – central services) all appointed and now under the lead of trading director Cheryl Hope.
John Kinney, managing director of Unitas Wholesale, said: “Lee, Alex and Martin bring an incredible depth of knowledge and experience that will be a real benefit to our members and their customers.
“As the UK’s biggest independent buying group, we pride ourselves on providing the best support and the most competitive trading terms and promotions in the industry. Our new team members will play an important role in delivering these to help our members grow their businesses.”
Wharton, said: “My experience on the supplier side will be a real benefit to our members and supplier partners. I have more than 20 years’ experience working across the channel including delivering new trade routes, working with national and local wholesale distributors and working with national on-trade retail groups. Unitas is a forward-thinking organisation that understands the power of collaboration, I love to see all my stakeholders succeed so this role was the perfect opportunity.”
Trotman added: “I’m delighted to be joining Unitas. This is a unique opportunity to not only interact with a range of brands but on behalf of leading independent wholesalers,” he said. “I’m looking forward to helping our members and suppliers grow their businesses with the UK’s biggest independent buying group.”
Meanwhile, Sheras states: :My role will focus on ensuring our members and their customers can remain competitive on price. The combination of my category, sales, negotiation, strategy sourcing and supply management experience will ensure our members continue to get the best quality goods and services at the best value.”
The announcement follows the news that Unitas has added two new appointments to its MDM team. In total, the five recent appointments across the business add more than 90 years’ experience to the Unitas team.