The Garden Centre Group (TGCG) has cut another tie with the Nicholas Marshall era by replacing purchasing director Steve Pitcher with a South African health and beauty retail business developer.
Dan Zinner will join the company as trading director from 14 October, 2013, working on buying, pricing and supply decisions.
He was at Clicks Group, a South African retail group with a focus on the health and beauty sector, where he has worked for the past five years and before that at McKinsey & Company in London advising on "strategic and transformational change across a broad range of consumer and retail industries".
Horticulturally-trained Pitcher was recruited from Country Gardens by Marshall, who left in 2011, in 2008.
Colin Hughes has been confirmed as the retail operations director after six months in the role as an interim. He is overseeing TGCG's 13 regional managers' applications for five new roles. Hughes has previously worked at Eat and Pret.
Chief executive Kevin Bradshaw said: "I am very pleased to welcome Dan and Colin to our talented Executive Team. Dan is a highly experienced strategist and manager in the retail industry with an impressive track record for driving results. His knowledge of optimising supply chains will help further improve product range and availability at The Garden Centre Group.
"Colin has already hit the ground running during the past six months, providing strong leadership and direction to our regional teams. I look forward to Dan and Colin’s expertise and skilled leadership as we drive toward meeting our growth targets for the Group."
On the departure of Pitcher, Bradshaw added: "We thank Steve for all he has accomplished for the Group, including delivering strong margins, reducing stock levels and building a team with deep knowledge of horticultural sourcing. We wish him the best as he leaves to pursue new challenges."