2010– Until March 2015
| Timothy David Dalton Philips|
18 February 1968 (age 47) (1968-02-18)
University College Dublin
Leaving Chief Executive of Morrisons plc
University College Dublin, Harvard University
David Potts, Marc Bolland, William Morrison
Dalton Philips Wikipedia
Timothy David Dalton Philips (born 18 February 1968) is an Irish businessman. He was the CEO of the UK supermarket chain Morrisons from January 2010 until March 2015, when he was succeeded by David Potts. He is currently Chairman of Byron Hamburgers and Chairman of timber and building merchant The Ridgeon Group, as well as holding a number of advisory and non-executive positions.
Born in Ireland, Philips is the son of a County Wicklow poultry farmer. He has a BA from University College Dublin, a MBA from Harvard Business School and an honorary Doctorate of Management from Bradford University.
His retailing career began in New Zealand, where he began as a store manager. He then had 11 jobs in 14 countries, including an appointment to Jardine Matheson's Dairy Farm International. He joined Walmart in 1998, and after working in Brazil, rose to the position of Chief Operating Officer in Germany. He then joined the Weston family retail operation as CEO of upmarket Irish department store group Brown Thomas in 2007, and then becoming Chief Operating Officer of Canadian retailer Loblaw in January 2007, under Allan Leighton.
After Morrisons CEO Marc Bolland announced his departure to Marks and Spencers in December 2009, Philips was appointed in a surprise move as his replacement in January 2010. However, Leighton worked with Morrisons chairman Sir Ian Gibson during his tenure at Asda, and is good friends with founder Sir Ken Morrison.
At Morrisons annual AGM in June 2014, Morrisons former chairman Sir Ken Morrison blasted Phillips and his new board of directors for their running of the company Morrison inherited from his father. Morrison's comments were backed up by his nephew Chris Blundell, who controls most of the remaining family stake in the supermarket, also told the board it needed rescuing, and welcomed the decision by chairman Sir Ian Gibson to leave the business next year after months of pressure.
In January 2015 it was announced that Philips would be stepping down as CEO. Philips, as well as being chairman of Byron, and of The Ridgeon Group, is currently a Senior Advisor with The Boston Consulting Group, and is a Non-Executive Director of three other boards: industrial plastic group One51 Plc., the UK High Street retailer Wilko, and the Social Innovation Fund, a provider of growth capital to Irish social enterprises.