Asda executive director Doug Gurr is to leave the business in March.

In January he will join Andy Bond for three months to help oversee Walmart’s acquisition of Massmart in South Africa, before exiting the business completely. His future plans are not yet known.

Chief executive Andy Clarke has divided Gurr’s responsibilities for strategy, logistics and multichannel retailing among his top team.

Simon King, who joins as chief operating officer in the next year, 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 now report to McKenna, as will the supermarkets division led by Karen Hubbard.

“I’d like to personally thank Doug for his contribution to the business over the last four and half years and wish him every success in the future,” Clarke said.

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