Former Morrisons boss Sir Ken Morrison dies

first_imgFormer Morrisons chairman and life president Sir Ken Morrison CBE has died.Sir Ken led Morrisons for more than half a century, during which the company grew from a small family business into the UK’s fourth-largest food retailer.Under his leadership, the business introduced innovations including Market Street and a vertical sourcing model, with the business operating 15 of its own manufacturing sites, including the Rathbones Bakery in Wakefield.Sir Ken was Morrisons’ chairman until 2008. At the time of his retirement, Morrisons had 375 stores.He was awarded the CBE in 1990 and knighted in the Millennium New Year’s Honours list for services to the food retailing industry.Morrisons said he will be “greatly missed by many thousands of his current and former colleagues, a large number of whom became close personal friends over the years”.“I know I speak for the whole company when I say how profoundly sad we were to hear of Sir Ken’s death,” said current Morrisons chairman Andrew Higginson.“He was an inspirational leader and the driving force behind Morrisons for over half a century. Although he retired several years ago, his legacy is evident every day and in every aspect of our business.“Taking Morrisons from a small Bradford-based family business to a major UK grocery retailing chain is an outstanding achievement in the history of UK business. On a personal level, Ken was an enormous help to me as we made some significant changes to set the business on a new course; his knowledge of retail and his strategic insights have remained as relevant and intuitive as they were when he first built the business.“Ken will be remembered by us all for his leadership, his passion for retailing and for his great love of Morrisons. To honour his memory in the most appropriate way we can, we will continue to develop the company that he built and loved.“We will miss his friendship and his wise counsel very deeply, and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.”last_img read more

“Ghana’s best players play for Kotoko!” – David Duncan

Kotoko coach David Duncan has laid another salvo of words sure to ignite debate countrywide“If you are playing for Kotoko then you have to consider yourself to be amongst the best,” he said on Wednesday in Kumasi.The occasion was the pre-match press conference for the club’s crucial Caf Confed Cup second leg game with El Eulma this weekend. The coach has brought some verve into the team’s dressing room since replacing Mas-ud Dramani.And he’s wasted no time in grabbing headlines with his proclamations.”Kotoko, if not the best in Africa, then certainly is the best in Ghana and therefore if you are a player of this club, you should have the mindset of being the best.”For the time being, Duncan’s money is where his mouth is, for he is yet to lose. He also hinted at the presser of a very attacking setup when the Algerians come to town. “A player for Kotoko should think of himself as being the standard for many players to measure themselves with and therefore they should start thinking and exhibiting such traits.”Kotoko were 14th when the former Hearts coach took over; they are currently fifth on the log in the league.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith read more