United Natural Foods, the US food distribution group, has named Steven Spinner as its president and CEO.

Spinner, 48, was formerly president and CEO at foodservice distributor Performance Food Group but left the company in May when it was acquired by a private equity consortium.

He replaces Michael Funk, who has spent 32 years at UNFI and will remain at the company as chairman of the board.

Current chairman Thomas Simone, who has been appointed as vice chair, said: "The board has been integrally involved in the succession planning process and believes Steven's experience makes him the right person to lead the company through its next phase of growth."