Asda ecommerce and supply chain boss Gavin Chappell is leaving the grocer after six years to take up a new role at home furnishings retailer Dunelm.

Chappell, who joined the Walmart-owned grocer as supply chain director in October 2009, will take up the newly-created role of supply chain director at Dunelm in the New Year.

Retail Week understands that Chappell, who was Asda’s vice president of ecommerce and supply chain, is currently on gardening leave.

Chappell, who will report to Dunelm chief executive John Browett, will focus on the quality of the Leicestershire-headquartered retailer’s supply chain as it ups its multichannel offer.

Following Chappell’s departure, Asda’s former senior director for strategy and development David Lepley has taken on the role of vice-president, grocery home shopping operations.

‘Tremendous difference’

The grocer’s boss, Andy Clarke, said Chappell had “made a tremendous difference” to the business. He added: “While I’m sorry to see Gavin go, I’d like to thank him for his contribution to Asda.”

Earlier this month Dunelm, which sells bedding, curtains, furniture, beds and mattresses, reported a 4.7% rise in full-year pre-tax profits as store like-for-likes increased 3.4%.

Prior to Asda, Chappell was supply chain director at Boots UK.

Last year, Asda announced details of a major restructure with more than 1,300 redundancies and 5,670 new roles created.

It last month reported its worst quarterly sales slump in its 50-year history as like-for-likes slipped 4.7%.