Sainsbury's has appointed three regional MDs in the latest phase of its convenience operation restructure.

Sainsbury's head of convenience Lawrence Christensen announced in May that the Jacksons and Bells operations were to be integrated with the rest of the convenience business.

The integrated business, which is now being run by one team at the Holborn HQ, has been split into three operational regions.

Brendan Glynn has become the new regional MD for the south, which includes London and the south east and covers 115 stores.

The former retail operations manager for convenience has worked at Sainsbury's for 23 years and has managed some of the group's largest stores.

Paul Marshall, has become regional MD for the central and west divisions, managing 130 stores. His background is also in store management, but he has held regional management roles in Essex and Manchester, as well as zone MD for the south (supermarkets).

Kevin Plant will head up convenience in the north, in charge of 110 stores. He has been leading Sainsbury's online shopping division for the past two years, prior to which he was zone MD for the north. He started out at Sainsbury's in 1978 as a trainee trades assistant.

Christensen said all three new MDs would be integral to the next three years of the Making Sainsbury's Great Again recovery plan as convenience is to be a key focus for driving new business.

"Kevin, Paul and Brendan bring valuable experience to the convenience team," he said. "They join us at an exciting time, following the integration of the Bells and Jacksons stores into Sainsbury's IT systems. This leaves us well placed to deliver our programme of converting these stores to the Sainsbury's Local format."