The regional supermarket group EH Booth has appointed Paul Minett, formerly with Asda and Sainsbury, as retail director.
He succeeds David Benson who has retired.
Mr Minett takes responsibility for the day-to-day running of Booths’ 29 stores across the North West, including the seven Cumbrian branches in Penrith, Keswick, Kendal, Windermere, Ulverston, Kirkby Lonsdale and Milnthorpe.
He said: “Booths is a dream business to work for and they really set the benchmark for ethical and honest retailing.
“The values of Booths are in line with everything I care about – great quality produce, staffed by knowledgeable and enthusiastic people in wonderful-looking shops.
“I’m looking forward to the challenges of making Booths a better business while remaining true to the core aim of selling great food coupled with exceptional service.”
Mr Minett started his career in retail at Asda, where he spent 22 years rising to become head of process and improvement.
He joined Sainsbury as a regional operations manager in 2004, moving on in 2009 to become head of retail at the electrical chain Best Buy UK. His last appointment before joining Booths involved 16 months in Saudi Arabia as director of hypermarkets for Panda United.