Shirine Khoury-Haq confirmed as Co-op Group CEO

Shirine Khoury-Haq

The appointment of Shirine Khoury-Haq as group chief executive of the Manchester-based Co-op Group has been officially confirmed today (August 23).

Co-op chair, Allan Leighton, said: “Shirine has accepted the invitation to lead and develop our Co-op into the future, tackling the challenges presented by the highly uncertain and volatile external environment.

“Shirine has proven leadership qualities and a deep level of transformational experience, and the board has been impressed by her desire to prioritise on activity that will deliver a strong financial Co-op for our members, whilst maintaining a focus on our vision and wider social commitments.”

Shirine Khoury-Haq said: “I am proud and honoured to lead this wonderful and unique organisation.

“The Co-op is the original business with purpose and I am looking forward to delivering even more on this promise, working to co-operate for a fairer world.”

She added: “There is a lot to do but we also have so much to build upon.

“Our Food and Life Services businesses are leaders in their markets, we have a differentiated vision and amazing Co-op colleagues, with links into communities and other co-operatives. Together, we will continue to succeed and deliver for the benefit of our members, our customers and their communities.”

Shirine first joined the group in the summer of 2019 as its new chief financial officer.

On March 25, this year, she was appointed interim group CEO – the first female to hold the position – after Steve Murrells announced that he was stepping down from the post, after 10 years with the group.

She had previously held the role of COO at Lloyd’s of London for five years, and group head of operations and UK chief operating officer at Catlin Underwriting Agencies from 2007-14.