Mike Boardman has been appointed managing director of Appleby Westward.
Boardman, who is currently trading director at fellow Spar wholesaler AF Blakemore, will take up the role in November.
He replaces current MD Mark McCammond, who will leave the business to become retail director of NI Spar wholesaler Henderson Group in September.
“I am delighted to appoint Mike to his new role,” said Appleby Westward chairman Leo Crawford.
“His wealth of experience within the Spar family at Blakemore’s, and previously at Somerfield, ensures that Appleby Westward has recruited a top-class retail professional.
“We are very much looking forward to Mike joining the team, to help us continue to drive all aspects of our business forward, building upon our excellent performance over recent years.”
He added: “I wish Mark McCammond every success in his future career within the Spar network and I would like to personally thank him for the role he played in driving strong top-line and bottom-line growth, ensuring that the business is well positioned for further growth under Mike’s leadership.”
Mike Boardman’s appointment was handled by retail executive search specialists the Anthony Gregg Partnership.