Australian supermarket group Coles has appointed Rob Scott as its finance chief.

Scott, currently managing director of Wesfarmers Insurance, will take up the finance director role from February. He replaces the outgoing Tony Buffin who has accepted a senior role with Travis Perkins.

Scott joined parent firm Wesfarmers in 1993 and then left to take up an investment banking and financial services role with Deutsche Bank in Australia and Asia before rejoined Wesfarmers in business development in 2004. He was appointed MD of Wesfarmers Insurance in 2007.

Anthony Gianotti, finance director of Wesfarmers Insurance, will take on Scott’s role on a temporary basis until a permanent replacement is found.

Wesfarmers’ MD Richard Goyder said the executive changes reflect the “strength and depth” of the management team across the Wesfarmers group.

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