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Paul Martin joins The KPMG/Ipsos Retail Think Tank

The KPMG/Ipsos Retail Think Tank (RTT) has appointed Paul Martin as its newest member and co chairman, following his recent appointment to the role of UK Head of Retail at KPMG.

Paul Martin will replace David McCorquodale, former UK Head of Retail at KPMG, who will be retiring at the end of April next year, having been with KPMG for over 32 years and a member of the RTT since 2012.

Prior to taking on the role of UK Head of Retail at KPMG, Paul Martin was Managing Director of KPMG Boxwood and was also formerly Managing Director of Planet Retail, the global retail analyst firm. With 20 years of retail sector experience, Paul is well known to many of the industry’s leading players. Having worked extensively overseas, he has an extensive understanding of international retailing and consumer behaviour.

Paul Martin, UK Head of Retail at KPMG, said:

“It is an honour to be invited to join the RTT and work alongside its members to provide insight into the issues facing the retail sector today.

“It’s certainly an interesting time to be joining, with retailers facing multiple headwinds including the UK’s recent decision to leave the EU, increasing costs in the form of the national living wage and business rates to name just a few.  All of these factors will apply further pressure on the sector and need to be taken into consideration if businesses are to thrive.

“I’m thoroughly looking forward to working with the RTT members to debate the issues troubling today’s retail sector and discussing how these challenges can be overcome and the opportunities for growth which exist.”

Commenting on Paul Martin’s appointment and David McCorquodale’s departure, Dr Tim Denison, Head of Retail Intelligence at Ipsos Retail Performance and co-founder of the RTT, said:

“The RTT recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and a look back over the past decade reinforces the fact that these have been challenging times for British retailers and our members.

“I’m thrilled to be welcoming Paul Martin on board. His experience in business transformation, international retailing and consumer behaviours will no doubt be fully utilised given the current environment.

“On behalf of the wider Retail Think Thank, I would also like to thank David McCorquodale for his significant input over the years. His hard work, enthusiasm and incontestable experience in retail have been greatly appreciated by the members and by the industry as a whole. We wish him well in his upcoming retirement.”

KPMG is an associate member of the BRC and Paul works closely with the BRC in a number of areas including the analysis, sponsorship and administration of the monthly BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor. He is regularly quoted in trade and national media on retail sales trends and other key issues affecting the sector. Paul will first meet with the RTT at their next meeting on Thursday 15 December.

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