Scotmid reveals new CEO

Scotmid appoints first ever female chief executive.

Karen Scott, chief operating officer at Scotmid.
Karen Scott is set to take on the chief executive position at Scotmid next August.

SCOTMID has announced that Karen Scott, current chief operating officer and former head of SemiChem at Scotmid, is set to become the new chief executive at Scotmid.

Following on from the announcement of current chief exec John Brodie’s retirement, Scott is now set to take on the position of chief executive designate in May before taking over from Brodie in August next year.

Speaking on her new appointment, Scott said: “It really is an honour to be appointed this position. It is a huge opportunity to take over from John next year.

“In my 22 years at Scotmid, I have worked in a number of senior roles including head of SemiChem and chief operating officer retail.

“Obviously it is a major step up to be chief executive but I am ready for all challenges that lie ahead. I am looking forward to working with the board and John in the lead up to next August.”

Scott is now set to become the first female chief executive officer in the 164 year history of Scotmid Co-op when she takes over in the new year.

Scott brings with her a plethora of knowledge in the sector as well, with 36 years experience in the channel and 22 of those years spent with Scotmid.

John Brodie, outgoing chief executive, said: “I am absolutely delighted that the board has appointed Karen to become the future chief executive of Scotmid.

“I have worked with Karen for the past 22 years and seen her career progress over that time. It is especially pleasing that the board has been able to make an internal appointment.

“It will now be business as usual as we look forward to our full year results next May and the handover to Karen in August.”

Jim Watson, president of Scotmid, said: “Karen has impressed the board over a number of years with her work at SemiChem and retail in general.

“She further enhanced the board’s positive impression of her during the interview process and we had no hesitation in making this appointment.”