Booker veteran Mark Aylwin has been appointed managing director of Musgrave Retail Partners GB to replace Peter Ridler.

Ridler, who took on the role as MD in April 2014, is leaving to become international director at White Stuff. His move comes after Musgrave took the decision to sell its GB business including Budgens and Londis to Booker for £40m in May. Booker is currently awaiting approval from the Competition & Markets Authority for the deal.

Aylwin, MD of Booker Direct, had been due to step down from the business at the end of the year. He will take up the new role on 17 August after a handover with Ridler. He has been in the food industry for over 35 years and has worked in senior positions with a range of organisations including Blueheath, Safeway and has even previously worked for Musgrave Group where he was supply chain and IT director.

“We are delighted to appoint Mark as managing director of our business in Great Britain and welcome him back to Musgrave,” said Musgrave Group CEO Chris Martin,. “He has a wealth of experience and his food franchising knowledge means that he is ideally placed to develop the Budgens and Londis brands together with our retail partners.”

He thanked Ridler for his contribution to the business.

“Over the past fifteen months, Peter has led the business, put together a new team and demonstrated a real commitment to the Londis and Budgens brands,” he added.

Ridler worked for Tesco for over 11 years and ended his career at the supermarket chain as retail director. He has worked as managing director at both Staples and The Body Shop and as group managing director at Monsoon Accessorise.

Musgrave reported a loss for the financial year to 27 December 2014 which was reduced to £8.3m from £62.9m the previous year.