Retail giant joins operational change experts to guide the growth of the business
Andy Clarke, former Chief Executive and President of Asda, has joined rapidly expanding operational improvement specialist Newton as Non-Executive Chairman to help the continued growth of the business.
Newton works with clients to crack the toughest and most complex challenges in the public and private sectors. This involves finding and implementing hundreds of millions of pounds in operational improvements, while enhancing service levels for end users and customers. The business specialises in retail and food manufacturing, health and social care, and defence and infrastructure. Newton’s turnover, profit and headcount growth has averaged over 30% per annum since its formation in 2001.
The company’s approach sets it apart from other consultancies as it guarantees its fees against delivering results. This involves working at the coalface with clients to enable the changes that make organisations better. Newton is one of the most sought-after places to work for UK graduates, attracting over 14,000 applications for 80 roles in the last year.
Andy Clarke brings over 25 years’ experience of driving performance improvement in the retail and wider sectors. Andy found his passion for retail at a young age and quickly rose through the ranks. He went on to join Morrisons and later Asda, where he was first tasked with supporting operational change programmes within stores. After broadening his retail experience at Iceland and Matalan, Andy became CEO of Asda in 2010.
Over the past few years, Andy has been lending his experience and expertise to a portfolio of companies in a number of non-executive roles.
Andrew Hawes, Founding Director of Newton said: “Scientifically, we know that even the best performing companies have the potential to be even better. We apply this philosophy to our clients, the professional services market, the people that work here, and Newton itself. This is why we have invited Andy to join us. He brings a huge amount of senior management expertise and recognises why Newton is such a different kind of consultancy. As Chairman, he can challenge our business and we very much look forward to his input as we expand into new sectors.”
Andy Clarke commented: “A great deal of my career has been about understanding how people can work better and more efficiently – which is why I’m so excited to be working with Newton. The company works at the coalface alongside colleagues to solve the biggest and most complex challenges. They also go one step further by guaranteeing their fees against delivering measurable results.
“For me, this is a really powerful combination. Their impressive growth is down to the exciting nature of their proposition and the fact that they have some of the sharpest, and nicest, people in industry. They are a pleasure to work with and I very much look forward to helping to guide the future direction of the business.”