Our leadership team has more than 200 years' combined experience in apparel, general merchandise and discount grocery
Board of Directors
Andy has an extensive retail career, focused on the discount sector, having been Chief Executive Officer of Pepco Group until his retirement from the role in January 2022. Prior to this, Andy was Chief Operating Officer and later Chief Executive Officer of Asda between 2005 and 2010, and Chair from 2011. Earlier in his career, Andy acted as corporate marketing director and managing director of George clothing.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Neil Galloway joined Pepco Group as CFO in April 2023. He is an experienced public company CFO who has worked in senior finance and commercial roles at multi-national businesses over the last 15 years, following an 18 year career in investment banking. Prior to Pepco Neil was Executive Vice President at IWG plc and led the corporate finance and business development activities. From 2013 to 2019 Neil was Group Finance Director at DFI Retail Group, the international multi-format retailer based in Hong Kong and operating across 11 markets in Asia. Prior to that he was Group Finance Director of The Hongkong & Shanghai Hotels Limited. He is also a Non-Executive Director of AVI Global Trust plc, a FTSE 250 investment trust.
Neil has extensive global experience in corporate restructurings, private equity and dispute resolution and wide international commercial board experience. He has held a number of chairman, director and committee positions in international organisations including Magma Fincorp India, Gategroup, Iceland Foods and Islandsbanki. Earlier in his career Neil helped to build the successful financial services arm of Apax Partners. He acted as a special advisor to the Senior Oversight Committee of the Asset Protection Scheme, operated by an executive arm of HM Treasury. Neil is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a former corporate finance partner
at PwC and Deloitte.
Maria Fernanda Mejía
María Fernanda has broad and deep experience and expertise in general management including strategy development, operations, supply chain and talent development. She stepped down as CEO International at Newell Brands in February 2023. Until February 2020, she served for more than eight years as corporate officer and executive committee member at the Kellogg Company, with her final roles being senior vice president and president of Kellogg Latin America. Prior to this, María Fernanda spent 23 years at the Colgate-Palmolive Company in global marketing and senior management roles within developed and emerging markets. Until February 2022, María Fernanda was a non-executive director of Bunzl plc, where she was a member of the audit, remuneration and nomination committees; and a non-executive director and member of the audit and risk committee at Grocery Outlet, a US discount detailer. Prior to this, she served as a non-executive director of International Consolidated Airlines Group from 2014 to 2020, including as a member of the audit and compliance and remuneration committees.
Grazyna has strong experience across government and business both in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe. At the start of her career, Grazyna spent four years at the Polish Ministry of the State Treasury, where she headed two different divisions. With a proven track record in some of Poland’s WIG20 companies, Grazyna brings 20 years’ experience working on C-level for Telekomunikacja Polska and PTK Centertel (now Orange Polska), PZU (on the supervisory board), PKN Orlen, PGNiG, as well as chief executive officer and president of the management board of Virgin Mobile Poland/CEE, following a period advising private companies and private equity funds. Grazyna is co-owner and CEO/Chairman of renowned e-commerce platforms Grupa Modne Zakupy and RentPlanet.
Pierre is the former chief executive officer of Casino, the French multi-national grocery group, and the former CFO of the Schneider Electric and Carrefour groups. Pierre has extensive international experience in both senior executive and non-executive roles within finance, European retail, logistics and property businesses. Pierre’s experience of managing large, listed companies gives him a deep insight into how strategic changes may affect the retail and property sectors. He is currently non-executive chairman of Profi; independent director and chairman of the audit committee of Entain (formerly GVC Holdings) and non-executive director of GeoPost/DPD.
With extensive executive and non-executive experience, Brendan brings extensive operational, commercial and strategic expertise and insights to Pepco Group. He is a non-executive director at Victrex and Synthomer, where he is also senior independent director and chair of the remuneration committee, respectively. Brendan has more than 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas and the testing and inspection industries. He was a senior executive at Intertek Group having been chief executive officer of Moody International, which was acquired by Intertek in 2011. Brendan was managing director of Atos in the UK after spending more than 25 years with Schlumberger in senior international roles.
Helen Lee Bouygues
Helen started her career in 1995 at J.P. Morgan in the M&A group in New York and in Hong Kong. From 2000 until 2004, she worked at Cogent Communications Inc. as chief operating officer, chief financial officer and treasurer before becoming a partner at Alvarez & Marsal Paris. In 2010, she launched her own consulting firm specialising in corporate turnaround and transformations. From 2014 to 2017 she was the partner responsible for the Recovery and Transformation Services division at McKinsey & Company in Paris before leaving to progress her career, providing strategic board level advice for multiple companies.
Paul is a board member and senior advisor in the industrial, service and consumer/retail sectors. He has international experience in M&A, strategic assessment, organisational transformation and financial restructuring with a focus on the US and Europe. Paul has served and is serving as chairman or member of the audit, remuneration, governance and nomination committees for a number of companies for which he is a board member. Paul previously was a partner and member of the management committee of AEA Investors LP in AEA’s London office.
Marketing Director – Pepco
Commercial Director – Pepco
Managing Director – Pepco
Anand joined Pepco in 2017. He has significant experience within the retail sector having previously acted as Retail Finance Director at Halfords and has also held senior finance roles at Argos and Egg plc. Anand is a qualified accountant.
Managing Director – Poundland
Barry joined Poundland in 2016 as Trading Director and was promoted to Managing Director of Poundland in 2017. He has over 30 years’ experience within the retail sector, 20 of which were in the discount sector, having spent his early career at Kwik Save and having served most recently as Trading Director and then Marketing Director at Asda. Between these periods, he gained experience in partnership models with the Co-Operative Movement and in wholesale with Musgrave Retail Partners.
Finance Director – Poundland
Dave joined Poundland in 2018 and has responsibility for the Finance, Property, Legal, Procurement and Internal Audit departments. He has over 20 years’ experience in retail and, prior to joining Poundland, Dave was the Chief Financial Officer of The Original Factory Shop, acted as Group Commercial Director of JD Sports and held senior financial positions at Focus Wickes and JJB Sports. Dave is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Managing Director – Dealz CEE
Marcin joined the Group in 2007 as Pepco Buying Director before becoming Managing Director of Dealz CEE in 2017. Marcin is responsible for launching and expanding Dealz in CEE. He has over 23 years’ experience in various retail functions, including store operations and buying and merchandising, having held the positions of Buying Director at Auchan and Store Director at Dixons prior to joining the Group.
Managing Director – PGS
Carlos joined the Group in May 2016. He has 30 years’ international sourcing experience providing supply chain solutions for major European, North American and Australian retailers. Carlos has significant experience in developing a number of sizeable and profitable sourcing operations in Asia having earlier in his career held international positions with Adidas, Van Heusen and The Arcadia Group plc.