ScS has appointed Steve Carson as group CEO, to lead the business following David Knight’s planned retirement next year. Steve will join on 6th January 2021 for a period of handover before David leaves in July 2021.

Steve boasts an extensive career in the retail sector, most recently as group MD of Holland and Barrett. Prior to this, he held a number of roles at Home Retail Group, which owned brands including Argos, Homebase and Habitat. Steve latterly served as director of retail and customer operations and a board member from 2014-18, during which time Home Retail Group was acquired by Sainsbury’s, where Steve had begun his career. 

Steve’s key expertise is in managing and optimising all areas of the store network, leading national teams and driving digital innovation.

ScS chairman Alan Smith comments: “Finding a successor to a CEO as capable and long-serving as David has not been easy but I believe that, in Steve, we have found an executive with the right mix of experience, skills and personality to take the group forward. This early appointment will allow Steve ample time to meet all the ScS team and understand the company’s approach to its customers.”

Steve adds: “I am delighted to be joining ScS and look forward to getting to know the ScS team, the board and our external partners as we build on our successes, identify new and exciting opportunities and together embark on the next stage of the ScS evolution.”