Game group finance director David Thomas is to leave the retailer to join Barratt Developments.

Thomas, who will take up the same position at Barratt, will step down from the board on July 2, 2009. Ben White, presently group reporting and investor relations director, will be appointed to the board as group finance director.

White joined Game in 2005 and prior to that held several senior finance roles at Kingfisher, Serco Group, and HIT Entertainment.

Game chairman Peter Lewis said: “I am delighted to welcome Ben to the board as group finance director. He brings invaluable experience from his variety of senior financial roles within the group and elsewhere.

“I would also like to thank David for his contribution over the past five years. He has played a key role in the evolution of the group and I know my colleagues will join me in wishing him all the very best for the future.”

Game chief executive Lisa Morgan said: “Ben’s comprehensive knowledge and understanding of our business will be of great value to the board. He has built an excellent reputation both internally and externally during his time with the group and I look forward to continuing to work closely with him in his new role as we build on the success of our business.”