Confectionery retailer Thorntons has appointed ex-group finance director of Somerfield Mark Robson as its finance director.

Robson will succeed John Wall who stepped down from the board earlier this year. He will take up the position on 30 November, during which time, Wall will remain for a transition period.

Since 2005 Robson has been finance director of Somerfield, now part of fellow UK retailer The Co-operative Group.

Previous positions include finance director of SFI Holdings Limited, the pub and bar chain, and Claire’s Accessories (UK).

John von Spreckelsen, Thorntons’ chairman, said: “We are delighted that Mark has agreed to join Thorntons. He brings considerable experience of the retail and consumer goods sector and will be a great asset to the team at Thorntons. We look forward to working with him.”