ASDA appoints new top exec

Asda yesterday announced that experienced retailer Simon King will join the WalMart-owned supermarket business as its new chief operating officer in January 2011. He is currently the chief executive of supermarket and hypermarket operator Panda Retail, a subsidiary of The Savola Group, based in Saudi Arabia. Until 2009 he was chief of Tesco Kipa in Turkey and has had a long and varied retail career with both Tesco and Safeway.