Darren Goldney to leave Unitas Wholesale

Unitas Wholesale have announced Managing Director Darren Goldney will step down from his position.

Goldney, who took the reins of the buying group when Today’s Group and Landmark merged in 2019, will leave the business in April and be replaced by Sales and Marketing Director John Kinney.

Kinney’s in-depth knowledge of the business will be the key for him to drive the organisation forward and into the next phase of its development.

“It is difficult to express how proud I am of our achievements over the last three years, not just in what we’ve managed to bring together for members but also in the way we have collaborated to achieve positive change across our business,” said Goldney.

“Together, Unitas members are becoming a more effective and focused route to market that recognises suppliers are also customers – and that all customers need a champion of independents and brands.

“We’ve step-changed our use of technology, driven down operating costs, our members’ sales have grown collectively, and we have expanded the services we offer to both members and suppliers in reaching the near 200,000 customers we serve.”

Goldney’s legacy will be overseeing the transition of the group and inspiring sales growth using technology and innovative services.

“I’m immensely proud of the staff and my team, and I am extremely thankful to the board and members for their support,” he added.

“That ‘change agenda’ has been the most invigorating of my career – and it has inspired me to take my Unitas experience and passion for leadership to find the right new and fresh challenge.

“I’m delighted that John will be leading the organisation as it evolves, becomes even more focused on its core purposes of delivering value for its stakeholders, and further grows its reputation as the UK wholesale industry leader in these extraordinary times of uncertainty and unprecedented challenge.”

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