Booker’s Steve Fox is to leave the company to take up the role of managing director, retail at Motor Fuel Group (MFG), the UK’s largest independent forecourt operator.

Steve Fox - MFG's new managing director, retail

Fox will join MFG on 1 September 2019 and will report directly to Jeremy Clarke, MFG’s chief operating officer with the retail, trading, operations and development teams reporting to him.

He will be replaced by Colm Johnson, who has been at Booker for 34 years and has latterly been running its impulse business.

Fox has over 30 years’ experience in food and convenience retailing. Starting his career in operations with Safeway, he then moved to Booker where he managed a six-fold increase in Premier symbol group membership before becoming managing director, Booker Group – Retail with responsibility for all of the Group’s retail activities. In addition, over the last year, he has been actively involved in the company’s merger with Tesco.

Jeremy Clarke said: “This is key appointment for us as MFG drives ahead with strengthening its retail offering, pursues an ambitious retail development programme and builds upon our market leadership position.

“Steve brings a wealth of retail and wholesale experience to MFG together with an existing understanding of our business, having worked with us since May 2016 when we rolled out the Londis and Budgens shop formats across our network.”

MFG operates about 900 convenience forecourt sites across the UK.