Three names very familiar to the grocery industry are all joining the management team of Marks and Spencer, it emerged yesterday.

While the focus has inevitably on the appointment of Stuart Rose as chief executive to fight a possible hostile bid from retail entrepreneur Philip Green, less notice has been paid to the arrival of Charles Wilson and Steven Sharp at M&S.

Wilson and Sharp were part of the team that revitalised Booker. Wilson later became MD of Booker, albeit relatively briefly, following the merger with Iceland that created Big Food Group.

Wilson will be joining the board at M&S, while Sharp is said to be joining the management team. No further details about the roles they will take were available this morning.

Paul Myners a non-executive director at Marks and Spencer will act as interim chairman until a permanent replacement can be found for Luc Vandevelde who has also left the company.

Speaking about his appointment Rose said: “I did not take this job to sell the business. I believe we can really move this business forward and regain the high ground it used to command for so many years.”

Philip Green is expected to table a £10bn offer for the retailer this week.