Boots' former Non-Executive Director Tony DeNunzio has succeeded Richard Pennycook as Chairman of the British Retail Consortium (BRC).
DeNunzio brings with him more than 25 years’ of retail experience from company’s including L’Oréal, ASDA, Dixons Carphone and most recently Pets at Home.
In his new role, DeNunzio will work alongside CEO Helen Dickinson to support the retail sector through the coronavirus pandemic.
“Coronavirus has been a massive shock to the industry,” said DeNunzio.
“Its effects are still playing out and creating a huge burden on retail businesses and a threat to the many jobs they provide.
“There has never been a more important time for a collective voice for the industry, to work with the government and other stakeholders to support the industry through the crisis and see it play its part in the recovery of the wider economy.”
Dickinson added: “Tony joins the BRC at a crucial time for retail, and I look forward to working with him as we continue to deal with the effects of the crisis and the challenges we will face as public health restrictions start to be lifted and retailers get back to delivering for their customers again.”
She also thanked Pennycook for his “excellent” support during the coronavirus outbreak and paid tribute to his leadership.
Meanwhile, Pennycook described his time with BRC as a “privilege” and wished his successor luck in the role.