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ASDA be David!
JUST twelve short years, a Stranraer man has risen from being
a fresh-faced graduate to become an executive director of
a major UK retail chain.
David Downie (36), was celebrating last week as news came
through of his latest promotion at high-street favourites
as he spoke to the "Free Press"this week, David
cited the work-ethic instilled by his father as the inspiration
behind his rise to the top.
from Stranraer, David is a former pupil of Leswalt Primary
School and Stranraer Academy.
left the town to go to university and, after graduating in
1988, returned to the area to run the family farm for two
then joined ASDA and so began his meteoric rise onto the company's
to Operations Director last week, David previously held the
position of Retail Managing Director for the company's Northern
now lives at Bardsey in Yorkshire with wife Louise and children
Kate and Harry.
his mother Louise Downie, grandparents Margaret and John McFadzean
and brother John Downie all still live in this area.
David and family like nothing better than to get back to visit
the rest of the clan in Stranraer.
and I try to get back as regularly as possible. Our children
Kate and Harry really enjoy visiting with granny, grandparents
and the rest of the family.
the golf courses and beautiful coastline make it a great
place for holidays too!"
am delighted to be appointed to ASDA's executive board and
look forward to the challenge of running our retail team.
was fortunate to have a great mentor in my father. His basic
work ethic and attitude to life has been a role model for
me throughout my life."
back in 1965 by a group of farmers from Yorkshire, ASDA now
has some 245 stores across the UK. The company became part
of US retail giant Wal-Mart in 1999.