Ian McLeod joined Coles as managing director in May 2008 and was responsible for the Coles supermarkets, liquor and convenience businesses. Prior to that, he was chief executive of Halfords Group which is UK's leading retailer of car parts, leisure and cycling products. In 2000 and 2001, Mr McLeod was on the executive board of Wal-Mart Germany as chief merchandise officer and immediately before that, was managing director of Asda's largest operating division with responsibility for 40 superstores and about 20,000 employees. Prior to the Wal-Mart takeover in June 1999, Mr McLeod held various senior roles and Asda management board positions including as productivity director; trading director responsible for Ambient Grocery (the company's biggest trading division); and trading director for bakery, frozen food, dairy and in-store restaurants. Outside of retail, Mr McLeod also spent two years as chief executive of Celtic, the listed company controlling Celtic Football Club.