claire costello

Chief Procurement Officer , The Co-op

Joining the Co-op in September 2019, Claire leads the Group Procurement function, reports directly to the CFO and is part of the Co-op leadership group. The team supports the whole Co-op Group including Retail, NISA, Funeral Care, Ventures and Insurance as well as the end to end risk management for Goods Not For Resale spend.

Prior to the Co-op, Claire worked across Asda and Wal-mart for 23 years, setting up, establishing and leading the Asda Procurement team. As well as sharing learning and experiences with wider Walmart international markets to grow procurement support and influence, Claire also held a UK based role leading the Wal-Mart US IT Sourcing team, working remotely with teams across 4 countries to deliver procurement value and supplier management for the IT requirements as the Sourcing Product Owner within the Global Business Services organisation.

Claire is passionate about creating strong partnerships through engaged, skilled, diverse and driven teams, with collaborative challenge across the business and supply chains forming part of true co-operation.