Swedish retailer Axfood has announced the appointment of Ola Andersson as president of its Hemköp retail banner.

According to Axfood, Andersson has a “long and extensive” record in food retail, including positions as business area manager for two major ICA concepts and as head of products and purchasing for ICA Sverige.

Andersson has served as business area head of ICA Supermarket, with some 480 stores, as well as business area manager for ICA Kvantum, with around 120 outlets.

He has also been product manager for the "Select" fast food concept at Svenska Shell, with responsibility for the rollout of the "Select" concept in Sweden, and head of products and purchasing at ICA Sverige. Since January 2009 he has been head of ICA's private label products.

"Ola's solid experience in the industry, good leadership qualities and his genuine interest in food will be a strong force in Hemköp's continued development," said Anders Strålman, president and CEO of Axfood.