The company said Robson is expected to leave the company next March

The company said Robson is expected to leave the company next March

Confectionery retailer Thorntons has today (8 November) confirmed that Mark Robson will step down from his role as finance director next year.

The company said Robson is expected to leave the company next March to take up a position with a private equity owned company and has started a search for Robson's successor.

Thorntons' chief executive Jonathan Hart said: "Mark has played an important role over the past two years in improving our business and laying the foundations for our long term, transformational strategy."

Robson joined Thorntons in November 2009, after previously serving as finance director of Somerfield, now part of the Co-operative Group and Alldays, the convenience store group.

Last month, the UK chocolate manufacturer reported a fall in first-quarter revenue due to lower in-store and commercial sales.