john callender

John joined us in 2018, bringing with him more than 25 years’ experience as a retail and supply chain specialist. With broad and deep expertise spanning everything from commercial buying to leading corporate and cultural change projects, John has extensive experience of leading change in complex cross-functional...

John joined us in 2018, bringing with him more than 25 years’ experience as a retail and supply chain specialist.

With broad and deep expertise spanning everything from commercial buying to leading corporate and cultural change projects, John has extensive experience of leading change in complex cross-functional organisations, where learning from customers and front line colleagues is key – along with encouraging collaborative working across the business and among external service providers.

Before joining Egremont, John led a pivotal change project at Karcher, a globally renowned brand in domestic cleaning equipment. Before that he headed up change programmes and led category buying teams at Homebase. During an 18-year tenure at Tesco, he managed Board-led change projects and was the functional lead on Future, a programme which introduced best practice change techniques and furthered cultural transformation. Prior to this, he held a number of senior buying roles before becoming a category manager.

John is a qualified Prince 2 Practitioner, a recognised qualification for managing complex projects and programmes.

Spare time-wise, John’s formerly legendary golfing prowess has waned as he concentrates on tennis and cycling. He has completed two endurance rides over the last three years, including a 1,100km ride to the south of France in 2018 with his two sons.

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