Grocer Coles has hired another UK retail veteran, appointing former Boots group financial controller Tony Buffin as its finance director.

Buffin was most recently European managing director of Groupe Aeroplan, an international loyalty management company. Previously, he headed Boots’ international healthcare strategy team.

Buffin, who takes up his role in July, is the latest in a string of UK appointments, with Coles having hired several executives from UK retailers such as Tesco and Asda. Asda veteran Archie Norman is working with managing director Ian McLeod to turn around Coles.