Former Sainsbury’s and Asda director Stuart Machin has been appointed managing director of Australian department store group Target.

Machin, who has been stores development and operations director at Australian grocer Coles since 2008, will replace Dene Rogers who has stepped down for personal reasons.

Machin played a key part in the turnaround of Coles and was instrumental in the development and roll-out of new stores and formats. He also led strategic initiatives such as the Coles Sustainability Plan.