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Wincanton has appointed Ian Keilty as MD, retail and consumer. 

Keilty was most recently vice president, European supply chain at Sysco and was previously chief operating officer of Brakes group before Sysco acquired it in 2016.

He has also held various roles on the operating boards and executive committees at Booker Group and Iceland Stores.

Wincanton said Keilty will succeed Liam McElroy, who is stepping down after six years in the role during which time he has been "instrumental in growing the company’s retail and consumer division".

The two will work side-by-side across a transitional period over the coming months.

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Wincanton chief executive Adrian Colman said: “During his time at Wincanton, Liam has used his considerable energy, industry knowledge and insight to grow our successful retail and consumer business and I am grateful for the significant contribution that he has made to our business and our leadership team.

"Finding a successor for Liam has been a difficult challenge and I am delighted to welcome Ian who will bring fresh strategic thinking and intellectual rigour to the Group, backed by a keen interest in our customers and people.

"Ian joins us at an exciting time to support the ongoing growth strategy for our retail and consumer business.”