The Co-operative group has revealed changes to its executive management, having postponed the release of its annual results by three weeks.It has created a new management executive role of chief operating officer, who will oversee finance/ procurement, IT, risk and transformation delivery.The role will be filled by Richard Pennycook, currently interim chief executive, once a permanent CEO is appointed. The group is currently searching for an interim chief operating officer.Claire Davies has been appointed as group secretary, joining the business from Lloyds Banking Group. She will work closely with Alistair Asher, general counsel, in the running of the board and its committees.Additionally, Mark Summerfield has been appointed managing director of The Co-operative Banking Group. He will oversee ongoing work to separate the group from The Co-Op Bank.Steve Murrells, CEO retail, currently overseeing food, pharmacy, farm and e-store, will also take on additional responsibility for property and estates.Rod Bulmer, previously deputy chief executive at The Co-operative Bank, joins the management executive as CEO consumer services. Starting in June, he will have responsibility for general insurance, funeral care and legal services.Nick Folland, chief external affairs officer, has been given additional responsibility for all aspects of membership and social goals, alongside his existing responsibilities for internal and external communications.Furthermore, Sam Walker, previously HR director group functions, has been appointed as chief HR officer, succeeding Rebecca Skitt. The group also announced that Paula Kerrigan has been appointed chief strategy officer, and will “continue to develop the group’s purpose and strategy”.Martyn Hulme, Gill Barr and Andy Haywood will give up their positions on the management executive, but will continue to oversee their respective functions. Meanwhile Mark Craig, director of Co-operative relations, will leave the group after more than 30 years.Following the changes, Pennycook said the group was “better positioned to tackle the complex issues” it now faces.He said: “We are focused on the hard work needed to complete the development of our new strategy. This is the right team to deliver that strategy in the interests of all our stakeholders – customers, colleagues and members.”Meanwhile, the group announced the delay of its publication of annual results from 26 March to 17 April.Its annual meeting will be held on 17 May as planned, where members will hear details of the group’s strategy review. A special general meeting is also planned where members can vote on proposals for reform of the group’s governance.
September 17, 2020
NFF First Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi, had before now said Park would soon get to play for the Super Eagles despite interest in the Los Blancos youth team kid from South Korea and Spain.Rather than be cowed, Akinwunmi said the NFF can convince a switch to Nigeria’s senior national by Park, who is eligible for three countries, as he was born in Spain to a Nigerian father and South Korean mother.Akinwunmi said he has enough data about the attacking midfielder, which makes him sure that Nigeria can hook the fast-rising lad.Akinwunmi revealed: “Akinlabi is in our plans. We are monitoring every single Nigerian kid out there, the ones that are good enough and who are willing to play for Nigeria. We are speaking with everybody, but it is not everybody that wants to play for Nigeria. It is not everybody that their parents want them to play for Nigeria; (but) we are speaking to all of them, even those who are not willing.”The NFF is set to do battle with the Royal Spanish Football Federation and Korea Football Association for the services of Park.Born in Palma de Mallorca to a Nigerian father and South Korean mother 18 years ago, Akinlabi is spoilt for choice as he is eligible to represent Nigeria and South Korea based on the grandfather rule and can also turn out for his country of birth, Spain.In the Spanish naming customs, footballers have two surnames, the paternal goes first and then the maternal one, so he has to be referred to as Akinlabi, not as Park, but he is called Marvin by the football community in Spain.Marvin has been described by the official website of Real Madrid as a two-footed pacy and physical attacking-minded midfielder who is a danger when he joins the attack, and his ability in one-on-one situations also makes him a threat.He had stops at Sporting Ciudad de Palma, Tranmere Rovers, La Salle and Es Jonquet Penya Arrabal prior to joining the European champions in July 2016.Should Marvin pledge his international future to Nigeria, he would follow in the footsteps of Madrid-born Real Madrid product Derik Osede, who switched allegiance to the Super Eagles in 2015.A statement on the Real Madrid website last year confirmed his inclusion in the Real Madrid youth set up.It reads, “An attacking-minded midfielder who is a danger when he joins the attack, his ability in one-on-one situations also makes him a threat. He took his first steps in the game in his native Balearic Islands and possesses a very direct style, which fully exploits his pace and power. He also has fine ability with both feet.”Before he moved to the famed Real Madrid Castilla in 2016, Marvin had his development at various clubs sides such as Sporting Ciudad de Palma, Tranmere Rovers, Sporting Ciudad de Palma, La Salle and Es Jonquet Penya Arrabal.Based on the potential of Marvin, the undefined will aim to integrate him into the national team as they have done for youngsters born abroad.However, they should expect to face stiff competition from the Royal Spanish Football Federation and Korea Football Association who will want a talent such as Marvin in their ranks.Marvin was not named in Real Madrid squad for their 2018/19 UEFA Champions League campaign.However, Spain U-19 boss, Santi Denia, has not summoned Akinlabi for the friendly matches against Azerbaijan and Scotland scheduled to hold on February 12 and 14 respectively.Spain are using the friendlies to prepare for the Elite Qualifying Round of the European Championship. Akinlabi will become provisionally cap-tied to Spain if he gets game time in next month’s competitive fixture with Slovenia but it remains to be seen if he’ll be invited after he was omitted from the latest roster.It, however, remains to be seen if his non-inclusion to the Spanish side could spur his choice of playing for Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has never hidden its plan to woo players of Nigerian descent to the Super Eagles fold and Real Madrid attacking midfielder, Olawale Akinlabi Park could be the latest addition The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), was handed a boost in their pursuit of Real Madrid youth-teamer Marvin Olawale Akinlabi Park following his omission from the latest Spain U-19 roster announced on Tuesday. According to Spanish tradition, footballers get two surnames; the first one is his fathers, the second being his mothers.