Top people moves in drinks: April

Josh Lincoln to head up new combined Majestic and Naked UK operation

Following news of the Majestic Wine restructure and rebrand, it was announced that current Majestic Wine UK retail boss Josh Lincoln will head up the combined Majestic and Naked UK operation.

Lincoln’s new role, which was first revealed by The Grocer, is UK MD of Majestic and Naked, with Naked MD Eamon Fitzgerald moving onto a role more focused on finding “new star winemakers”, the company confirmed to db, based in Ireland.

Lincoln joined Majestic Wine as customer director in January 2017, having spent eight years at Naked Wines, most recently in the role of global sales and service director. He was promoted to head up the retail business in January 2018, following the departure of former Screwfix boss, John Colley.

The company is also understood to have made changes to the buying team with the appointment of Nadia Williamson from Bibendum, who will work alongside buyers James Reed, Beth Pearce, Joe Aylmer and Imogen Bowen-Davies, and the departure of two senior buyers.

Head of buying Cat Lomax resigned from the company at the beginning of January, with her departure unrelated to the planned restructure, having accepted a new role which will start from 15 April. Lomax had joined Majestic from Waitrose in September 2016, taking over from Matt Pymm as head of buying across the Majestic Group.

Senior wine buyer Julie Buckley left the business last month, the company confirmed, having joined Majestic from Sainsbury’s in July 2017, where she was responsible for French, fine and fortified wines.

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