Kingfisher chief operating officer Euan Sutherland will join the Co-op in May following the retirement of Peter Marks. He has been a non-executive of the Co-op’s food business since 2010.
Co-operative Group chair Len Wardle said: "He brings with him considerable experience of the strategic leadership needed in complex customer-facing businesses, across a variety of retail sectors, and we very much look forward to welcoming him and working together."
Kingfisher said in a statement that Mr Sutherland will stay in his role until March to allow an "extensive" handover of his responsibilities. The company has not yet appointed a successor.