Morrisons has finally got its man as Richard Hodgson completes his switch to Bradford next week.

Hodgson, who takes up his new role as group commercial director on Monday, has been the subject of a tug-of-love between Morrisons and former employer Waitrose over when he would be allowed to begin his new role. His appointment was notified to the City on 8 June and was Morrisons CEO Dalton Philips' first major signing

At the time it was announced that Hodgson, who had originally joined Waitrose from Asda in 2006, would start in September but this timetable passed as Hodgson worked out the details of his exit from Waitrose. The Grocer understands Morrisons had feared he wouldn't be able to join for a few more weeks.

The end of the saga means veteran group trading director Martyn Jones can move to his newly created role of group corporate services director. Jones will also step down from Morrisons board to be replaced by Hodgson.

One of his last acts in a front line trading role came last month when he oversaw a suppliers' briefing at Morrisons HQ in Bradford, during which he warned suppliers to expect a 1% cut in payment terms from next year.

Suppliers who attended suggested that Morrisons had originally hoped that Hodgson would have been in place to conduct the briefing and outline the retailer's plans for growth, which include an assault on both the online grocery and convenience sectors.