FT - Ilyas Munshi - commercial director EG Group

EG Group has appointed former M&S boss Lord Stuart Rose as non-executive chairman with immediate effect.

Lord Rose is currently chairman of Ocado plc, the online grocery and retail solutions business, a post from which he will retire in May after more than eight years as chair. He previously served as chief executive and executive chairman at Marks & Spencer plc.

Lord Rose said: “I am delighted to chair the Board of EG Group and I look forward to working with the Board and management, including fellow non-executive John Carey, in the next stage of the development of a world-class, global scale retail business.

“The Issa brothers are great British entrepreneurs of enormous drive, vision and ambition. EG’s Board has asked me to develop appropriate governance structures for a business of this scale. The business has exciting development plans and exceptional prospects in the years to come.”

Zuber Issa CBE and Mohsin Issa CBE, co-founders and co-CEOs of EG Group, in a joint statement, said: “Stuart has an excellent record in business and we are delighted that he is joining us at this exciting time for EG Group. We have plans to create significant convenience and foodservice opportunities for our customers, and Stuart’s retail and consumer experience will provide invaluable insight and support.”

Gary Lindsay, Partner, TDR Capital, said: “The recruitment of Stuart Rose is a clear signal of our ambition for EG Group and our commitment to continuous improvement.”

EG Group is jointly owned by the Issa brothers, Zuber and Mohsin, and TDR Capital, and operates convenience stores, foodservice outlets and fuel stations at more than 6,000 sites in 10 countries including the UK and Ireland, the US, Australia, Germany, Italy, France and Benelux.

In addition to, and separate from their investment in EG Group, the Issa brothers and TDR agreed last October to acquire Asda, the UK’s second-largest grocery retailer, subject to regulatory approval, which is expected in the first half of 2021.