At 49, one wouldn’t hesitate to say that Simon Herrick has had quite the career. His achievements were not handed to him on a silver platter. He received his undergraduate studies in microbiology from the University of Newcastle where he graduated with an honours degree.
Unlike his peers, this renowned CFO and CEO of various multi-million dollar companies went ahead to pursue a masters degree from Durham University in business administration. Simon Herrick then enrolled for an internship with Price Waterhouse, London where he received basic training in accounting.
This young graduate then opted to expand his career options and moved to Paris, France where he worked in a senior financial position for companies such as Alcatel Alsthom and PepsiCo, Inc. in the duration 1990 – 1997. It was while working with PepsiCo that his full potential was realized, a thing that propelled him to the position of Director of forecasting and planning in Europe.
He later returned to London where, according to many, his career skyrocketed. Simon Herrick took employments with PA Consulting Group as its Group Finance Officer (CFO) for three years after moving on to become a Non-Executive Director for Darty, a position he held between 2004 – 2010.
The French speaking Englishman, who is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, went on to work as CFO in Kesa electrical plc., and Northern Foods where he was promoted to Group CEO. Kesa Electricals is ranked third in Europe’s electrical retail market.
His achievements at Northern Foods ( http://www.thegrocer.co.uk/people/simon-herrick-former-cfo-at-northern-foods/237494.article ) include sealing a merger with Greencore as well as significantly reducing the firm’s pension deficit. Simon Herrick was also accredited with the return of Godfella’s pizza.
Between November 2011 – January 2014, he was employed as CFO at Debenhams. At his tenure in this company, he was at the forefront of the company’s extensive modernization program. https://uk.linkedin.com/pub/simon-herrick/0/269/1ab helped steer the company to its 39% online sales increase in December 2012, which was a major milestone in his career. To sum it all, he has had the perfect track record internationally in both the private and public sector when it comes to the retail industry.