Majestic Wine, the UK’s largest nationwide specialist drinks retailer, has today appointed Alex Jablonowski to the new position of Chief Financial Officer, as the business builds for its new chapter as an independent company.
Jablonowski joins from the Oasis & Warehouse Group, and previously also worked at Hamleys, Tesco and Costa Coffee.
The appointment follows a series of changes to the Retail Board at Majestic, as the nationwide retailer embarks on a new future under the ownership of private equity firm Fortress. Majestic also recently revealed the recruitment of a HR Director, Suzanne Kielty, and the promotion of Robert Cooke to Chief Commercial Officer.
CEO John Colley believes that focusing Majestic’s senior team back on the core retail business will be vital to the long term future of the company.
Speaking after the appointment, Colley said:
“Alex brings a wealth of experience to Majestic, having worked in a range of international, multi-site retail businesses. I am sure his background in helping to build business strategies, at the very top level with previous private equity experience, will be hugely beneficial in order to create value and growth to this company.
“The recent changes we have made to the board show our commitment to getting Majestic back to what it’s done best. We now have a range of expertise across the senior team, with specialists in retail, wine, HR and developing our multi-channel capability. I am confident that we’ve built the right team for the challenges, and opportunities, of the future.”
“I am delighted to be joining Majestic at this exciting stage in the businesses’ 40 year history. I believe we have all the ingredients here to be one of the long term success stories of UK retail. I can’t wait to get started and meet my colleagues both in the office and out on the shopfloor.”