New Commercial Director Named at SPOT Group

SPOT Group New Commercial Director Main Article Image

Office Supplies Blog has recently learned that a new Commercial Director at SPOT Group has been named and confirmation has been made of the departure of their Purchasing Director.

The creation of a new Commercial Director role at SPOT Group comes after the resignation of their CEO, Jeff Whiteway, earlier this year.

Confirmed as taking up the new position as Commercial Director is experienced B2B executive Richard Oates, who has knowledge within the retail sector and has been in the role since the beginning of October.

Oates was most recently working as a Commercial Director for specialist merchant Wolseley before taking up the new position with SPOT Group, having previously being responsible for supplier management and product sourcing for over £1.1 billion in purchases.

‘A Welcome Addition to the Team’

As OPI reports, Oates has built up more than 20 years of corporate experience and expertise in a variety of sectors including retail, trade distribution and automotive.

His previous roles have led to him working alongside major PLC organizations including the likes of Morrison Supermarkets, Home Retail Group, Kingfisher and Ferguson.

Current SPOT CEO Steve Horne referenced Oates’ vast experience and knowledge across numerous different category sectors, whilst commenting:

“Richard brings a wealth of experience in category management and is a welcome addition to the team.

As Group Commercial Director, he will be fully responsible for the procurement and commercial function, ultimately making him responsible for the margin.”

Group Purchasing Director Departs

The appointment of Richard Oates as SPOT Group’s Commercial Director has also led to the departure of the company’s Group Purchasing Director, Robert Moore.

Spending nearly 20 years with the group when it was first known as Stat Plus, Moore was Purchasing Director within the organisation and carried on the role during the company’s transitions.

Moore retained his position at OfficeTeam and SPOT Group, with the latter formed in 2014 following Better Capital’s acquisition of the OfficeTeam business.

Sam Rose