Two former senior Sainsbury's men have jumped ship for the hospitality industry this week.

Jonathan Lawson, former retail operations director for Sainsbury's Convenience, has been appointed managing director of Greene King's Local Pubs division.

He spent six years with Sainsbury's and became operations director for convenience in 2005.

He will take charge of 510 Greene King community and town pubs, following the brewer's decision to split its managed pub business into two divisions this week.

And Leigh McCarron, previously senior projects manager for Sainsbury's, has joined hotel chain Travelodge in the newly created role of head of projects. At Sainsbury's, he was responsible for delivering £100m of projects, including the introduction of chip-and-pin technology.

McCarron is Travelodge's latest recruit from the grocery trade. Seven of the group's 12 directors have come from supermarket groups.