Asda number two Simon King has left the company just six months after joining, it was announced today.

The retailer said the appointment had “not worked out” and it had been decided “by mutual consent” that King should leave his role as chief operating officer.

“Simon and [chief executive] Andy Clarke decided between them that this was the best option,” said a spokesman. Asda intends to appoint a replacement “as soon as possible”, he added.

King joined Asda in January following a stint as chief executive of supermarket operator Panda Retail in Saudi Arabia. Previously he was chief executive of Tesco Kipa in Turkey, having also worked with the retail giant in South Korea and Eastern Europe.

At Asda, King oversaw elements of the business including distribution and home shopping. He filled a role previously held by Clarke.

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