Musgrave Group has appointed Donal Horgan managing director of the GB operation, replacing Phil Smith who has resigned.

Horgan, currently managing director of SuperValu and Centra in the Republic of Ireland, will take charge of the Budgens and Londis chains in Great Britain.

The group has also made several other changes. Martin Kelleher, currently managing director of Musgrave Wholesale Partners, will replace Horgan.

Noel Keeley, currently group human resources director, takes up the position of managing director of Musgrave Wholesale Partners.

Sharon Buckley, group commercial director, will assume responsibility for supply chain across the group.

Tim Kenny, group finance director, will assume responsibility of business development of the group.

Martin Hyson is retiring from the board but remains a member of the executive management team.

Chris Martin, chief executive, Musgrave Group said: “Throughout this recession we have continued to invest in our business and particularly our retail partners across Ireland, the UK and Spain.  The success of that strategy has given us a platform to drive future growth in each of our markets and positions us to profitably grow the business for Musgrave and our retail partners in 2011.  I would like to congratulate each of the directors on their appointments and wish them every success in their new roles.”

Musgrave said the changes “reflect Musgrave’s strategy to emerge stronger from recession and exploit synergies across the group that will position the company for renewed growth in 2011”.