Mike Aylwin, currently supply chain director for Musgrave Budgens Londis, is set to take over as chief executive of online delivered wholesaler Blueheath.
Aylwin will take over in September from company founder Douglas Gurr, who has announced that he will step down on August 31.
The news comes after Blueheath recorded a loss before exceptionals of £4.9m on sales of £132.3m for the year to March 4. It also announced that it had concluded a review of the business which will result in the closure of its depot in Tamworth and shift business to its other sites in Wrexham and Thurrock.
Many wholesale experts have questioned Blueheath's technology-driven business model, suggesting that it needs to operate more like a traditional wholesaler to be successful.
However, Gurr defended the latest results and the company. He said: "The group is on track to complete the restructuring needed to deliver satisfactory operating profits at the current level of sales and margin while continuing to secure important new contracts. We expect to see another year of strong growth combined with a significant shift in business profitability."