Former First Quench director John Cleland has landed a new job as chief executive of health and leisure club operator Esporta.
He was also commercial managing director of B&Q, also held a number of roles across the Wal-Mart group.
Cleland had been parachuted into First Quench as a non-executive director in September however the beleaguered off-licence group fell into administration at the end of October.
Cleland was thought to be mulling a management buyout of some of the business but funding was understood to be an issue.
Esporta said it had appointed Cleland after a rigorous selection process and said that his experience would be invaluable in steering the business through its next stage of development.