The Co-operative Group has hired Andy Haywood to become Group CIO.
Andy Haywood, currently IT director at retailer Boots, will join the Co-operative in early January 2012.
In a statement, the Co-operative Group said the Group CIO is a new role, created to develop the company's overall IT strategy.
"This a new role to drive forward IT strategy across the whole of the Co-operative Group. Haywood will report directly to the Co-operative group CEO, Peter Marks," said the statement.
The statement added that Haywood has a strong track record of delivering complex change and IT projects in large organisations, including Boots, Halifax Bank of Scotland and Asda.
Co-operative Group is set to move into new headquarter offices in September 2012. As part of the move, the firm's IT team is on track to virtualise up to 3,500 desktops and merge some departments to drive cost savings.
The company plans to run its first pilot of a Microsoft Windows 7 deployment in October 2011, using AppDNA to decipher potential migration problems with particular departments, as well as predicting costs.
Ian Dyson will remain director of trading group information systems (IS).