C-store specialist the Co-op has further bolstered its board with the appointment of former Ocado Solutions boss Luke Jensen.

Jensen stepped down from Ocado last year after a six-year stint as the chief executive of Ocado Solutions, the pureplay grocer’s technology arm.

He was the driving force behind helping Ocado secure several international tie-ups with grocers such as Kroger in the US, Sobeys in Canada and Coles in Australia. 

Luke Jensen

Luke Jensen is set to join the Co-op

He was also previously group development director of Sainsbury’s and is currently executive chair of Asian sushi-to-go food provider Hana Group.

Jensen will join the Co-op board next month as a non-executive director, at the same time that former chair Allan Leighton will step down after reaching the end of his nine-year term. Leighton will be replaced by new chair Debbie White.

The Co-op has also brought former solicitor Moni Mannings onto its board as senior independent director.