Mark Aylwin, former managing director of Booker’s delivered wholesale business, has been appointed non-executive chairman of Unitas Wholesale.
He will replace Simon Hannah, managing director of JW Filshill, who remains on the Unitas board.
The appointment of Aylwin (pictured) is designed to bring a new perspective to the business – he has worked in the food and drink industry for over 35 years, with experience across wholesale, retail, foodservice and the on-trade.
Earlier this year, as part of a review of the group’s strategy moving forward, it was agreed by the board that now is the right time for the transition to a non-member chair.
Unitas managing director John Kinney commented: “Mark is a great appointment for Unitas Wholesale and is a hugely positive move forward, demonstrating the strong intentions of the group. Mark brings a wealth of experience to the role that will be incredibly useful as we drive the organisation into its next phase of development and both myself and the board look forward to welcoming Mark when he begins his tenure in April.”
Aylwin added: “I am really looking forward to joining Unitas Wholesale to support John and the board in the next phase of its journey. While there are a number of significant challenges in the out-of-home market, I am excited to be joining the group at a time when I believe we can make a real difference to our Unitas Wholesale members and their customers”.
Hannah commented: “Moving to a non-member chair will bring new insights and strategic direction, and together with John Kinney puts Unitas in a strong position to move forward with the next stage in the development of the group for the benefit of our members, our customers and supplier partners.”