15 November 2007 | Paul Snell
Ninian Wilson, Royal Mail's procurement chief, has been promoted to operations director of the group's letters division.
Wilson, who was appointed as group procurement director in April 2006, will succeed Tom Melvin, who is retiring after 39 years. Wilson took up the position at the start of last week and will be supported by Melvin until Christmas.
He is now responsible for more than 140,000 staff in the group's letters division, which handles the collection, sorting and delivery of nearly 80 million letters a day. Chief executive Adam Crozier wished Wilson "every success in his new role".
The group has appointed Richard Boyce as interim group procurement director and Ray Vaughan as interim deputy procurement director, as it considers how to proceed with the position.
Since joining the company last year Wilson has been responsible for developing and driving its procurement transformation project, which aims to turn the group's purchasing function into one of the top three in Europe within three years.
Changes have been dramatic with 60 per cent new staff, and expected savings of £300 million by 2009.