Henry Booth, the sixth generation of the family that owns British supermarket group EH Booth, has joined the business as a graduate trainee to “learn the skills of retailing from the bottom up”.
The 22-year-old will report to non-family Chris Dee, who serves as chief operating officer, said a statement from the company.
Booths, which traces its roots to 1847 when it was founded by Edwin Booth, operates 28 stores across Lancashire, Cumbria, Yorkshire, Cheshire and Greater Manchester in northern England.
Henry, whose father Graham is director of properties at the family business, joins the company following a degree in politics and international relations from Aberdeen University.
Current chief executive and Henry’s uncle, Edwin Sr, said the appointment will be a way for the next-gen to interact “with people at all levels of the business”.
“I began my career in central distribution and believe it has had a major influence on the way I have run the business ever since. A family culture is embedded throughout the company and workforce and this is the key to making Booths a thriving business,” he added.
The company, which sells groceries, food and alcohol in its stores, had revenues of around £270 million (€333 million) for the year to April 2011.