Argos chief operating officer David Robinson jumps ship to Conviviality Retail

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Argos chief operating officer David Robinson has jumped ship, joining Bargain Booze and Wine Rack group Conviviality Retail.

Robinson will join the off licence business, which recently acquired wholesaler and distributor Matthew Clark, as managing director. His start date has not yet been confirmed.

During his time at Home Retail Group, where he currently sits on the executive board, Robinson has held many senior roles including commercial director of both Argos and Homebase, and more recently helped build and lead the implementation of Argos' turnaround plan.

He also worked at Dixons Stores Group.

Chief executive Diana Hunter said: "David brings a significant track record of delivering results and has a wealth of experience in the retail industry. David is ideally placed to continue to develop and grow the retail business with our franchise partners."

Robinson added: "I am looking forward to working with the Conviviality team and the franchisees to develop further opportunities and continue to drive growth in the business. I am also excited to explore how the recently acquired Matthew Clark business can help us accelerate these aims as more and more synergies are realised."

Conviviality Retail has also appointed Mark Simmonds as commercial finance director. He will join the business in March, from Mitchells and Butlers where he was most recently. director of financial planning and analysis.

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