The external search for his successor has already begun.
Meijer was appointed to the Morrisons management board in December 2012. Since then he had been leading the company’s trading strategy with the objective of delivering lower prices, fewer and bigger promotions and a simpler shopping trip, according to the retailer.
“Casper has played an important role in starting the process of making Morrisons better value-for-money for customers,” said Morrisons ceo David Potts.
“However, we both believe now is the right time for this crucial role to be taken by an executive who will dedicate all their efforts to living and working here in Britain.”
Andrew Pleasance, with nearly 30 years of experience working closely with Morrisons’ supply base, would take on the role of group trading director on an interim basis, the company said.