Asda executive development director Doug Gurr is to leave the supermarket chain in January.

Asda CEO Andy Clarke told staff this week that Gurr wanted to pursue a new chapter in his career, and would leave Asda on 4 January. He will then help former CEO Andy Bond with Walmart’s acquisition of Massmart in South Africa until the end of March. His plans after that were not disclosed.

Gurr joined Asda in 2006 following five years as founder and CEO of online wholesaler Blueheath.

“During Doug’s tenure the pace of business development has been tremendous,” Clarke said. “We have transformed into Britain’s second-biggest home shopping service, launched Asda Direct, built a financial services business and rolled out ­in-store collection to more than 300 stores.”

Gurr’s responsibilities for strategy, logistics and multichannel retailing have been divided among his top team.

Simon King, who will next year join Asda as chief operating officer, will be ­responsible for retail, ­supply chain, distribution, customer service, internal communications, new business and IT.

Reporting to King will be chief information officer Cheryl Millington, digital director for new business Mark Hodgkinson and new business operations ­director Clive West.

Finance chief Judith McKenna adds retail ­development to her brief. Property development ­director Steve Masters and his team will report to McKenna, as will the ­supermarkets division.