HR director puts own head on block at struggling retailer

Matalan’s HR director has cut 300 jobs at the retailer – including his own.

Anthony McDaniel is one of about 90 staff to leave the discount retailer’s head office in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, as part of cost cutting in the face of a tough trading period.

McDaniel left last week, according to Retail Week, just days after staff had been told of the final redundancies, most of them voluntary.

His departure coincides with that of Roger Burnley, supply chain director, who is to join Sainsbury’s in the same role. A further 200 staff are to go at Matalan’s stores.

The company said last month that it intended to make £15m in cost savings, of which £10m would come from a reduction in staff numbers.

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