At six-foot-six he was a towering breath of fresh air for the thousands of Co-operative Group employees who pined for change.
And, for a while, co-op democrats inside and outside the Group were in awe of a fresh change in management from Euan Sutherland; a renewed business focus.
But as will undoubtedly become clear in the Kelly Report next month, there is and always has been a deep divide between the elected board members at the Group and the management they appoint – a phenomenon not just exclusive to this co-operative.
Recent revelations from the Treasury select committee’s investigations, such as private emails from former Bank deputy chair Rodney Baker-Bates, highlight such a divide; and ex-CEO Peter Marks has talked of the same struggles.
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