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Supermarket chain Aldi to appoint new UK chief

Matthew Barnes (Aldi UK and Ireland/PA)
Matthew Barnes (Aldi UK and Ireland/PA)

By Ravender Sembhy

Aldi is to appoint a new UK chief executive as the German supermarket embarks on a management shake-up.

Matthew Barnes, an Aldi veteran who joined the company in 1997, will make way for Giles Hurley who will become the new UK and Ireland chief executive.

Mr Hurley is also an Aldi stalwart, having spent almost 20 years at the firm over which time he has held down roles such as training director, group buying director and most recently UK group managing director since 2015.

He will take the hot seat on May 1.

Meanwhile, Mr Barnes, who is credited with overseeing the supermarket's meteoric rise from upstart to challenger to the so-called Big Four, has been promoted to the "coordination board" of Aldi South, which is the parent firm of the grocery giant's UK operations.

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