Tesco clothing chief Terry Green is to be replaced by the grocer’s head of non-food Richard Jones.

According to the Financial Times, Green will continue to work on projects with Tesco. Jones will take up the running of the clothing business in the UK as well as looking after the retailer’s home and general merchandise offer. Jones was previously head of non-food at rival Sainsbury’s and joined Tesco to oversee non-food in 2008. It is understood Green’s five-year contract with Tesco was coming to an end.

Tesco told the paper that it was “delighted” Green was going to work on projects for the retailer. “He has made a great contribution to the success of the business, including the launch of our online store last year.”

Green, who made his name turning around Debenhams in the late 1990s, nearly left Tesco in 2007 when he held talks with friend Sir Stuart Rose about moving to Marks & Spencer.

Last year Green launched Tesco’s clothing offer online and had ambitions to turn its Florence + Fred brand into a global business within five years.