Steve became Group CEO of Hilton Foods on 3 July 2023. Steve is also a Non-Executive Director at Noble Foods. Previously Steve was Co-op Group CEO in March 2017 having previously led the Co-op’s Food business. The Co-op is the UK’s largest mutual business with more than 4.5 million members, 63,000 colleagues and a presence in every postal region of the country. Steve had overall responsibility for all the Co-op’s businesses – Food, Funeral Care, Insurance and Legal Services. He oversaw the acquisition of Nisa Retail Limited which grew the Co-op wholesale to over 7,700 stores across the UK. Steve developed a bold vision for the Co-op, to ‘Co-operate for a fairer world.’ He led the organisation to stay true to this throughout and beyond the COVID-19 crisis and campaigned boldly on issues such as violence against shop workers, modern slavery, racial inequality, climate change and food poverty.
Steve was made CBE in the New Year’s Honours List for his efforts in keeping Co-op’s customers, members and communities fed and cared for via its Food and Life Services businesses, against the backdrop of the pandemic. Before joining Co-op Group Steve was CEO at Tulip, Chief Commercial Officer for Fresh Foods at Tesco and held a number of buying roles in Sainsbury.
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