LONDON, July 29 Ken Morrison, the son of the
founder and a former boss of Morrisons, has welcomed the
appointment of retail veteran Andrew Higginson as the British
grocer's next chairman.
Morrisons, Britain's No. 4 supermarket group, said on
Tuesday that Higginson, a former finance director at market
leader Tesco, will replace Ian Gibson when he steps
down as chairman in 2015.
Higginson will join the board of Morrisons on October 1 as
non-executive deputy chairman and chairman elect.
"I think it sounds very good ... He's got good background,
good experience," Ken Morrison told Reuters. "I don't think it's
a bad choice," he added.
At Morrisons' annual shareholders' meeting last month Ken
Morrison labelled the grocer's performance "disastrous" and
called for its board to be bolstered with more "retail
(Reporting by James Davey; editing by Kate Holton)