Littlewoods has appointed Steve Makin as group finance officer.

Makin replaces Peter Ahye, who is leaving Littlewoods to spend more time with his family.

Makin was previously chief executive of Umbro and has held positions with Asda and Wal-Mart. He will assume full responsibility at the beginning of next month.

Littlewoods has also hired Anita Balchandani as group strategy and business director from OC&C Strategy Consultants.

Group chief executive Mark Newton-Jones said: “I am I am delighted that people of the calibre and expertise of Steve and Anita have joined the Group at such a pivotal time in our transformation.

“I would like to thank Peter for his significant personal contribution and support in the turnaround of the business to-date and wish him every success in his future career and fatherhood.”