Australian grocery retailer Foodworks has appointed Rick Wright as CEO.

Wright has been acting CEO at Foodworks for a number of months and was previously the company’s chief operating officer.

He replaces Peter Noble, who resigned in July after almost nine years with the company.

Foodworks chairman John Bridgfoot said: “Rick has a strong background in finance, franchising and strategy management, which is perfect for our business model. His strong engagement and connection with our members and ability to focus on the tools and services they need to drive success is excellent”.

Foodworks is Australia’s second-largest independent supermarket retailer.