Mother, baby and children's goods retailer Mothercare has appointed former Shop Direct chief executive Mark Newton-Jones as its interim CEO.

Newton-Jones will replace Simon Calver from 17 March while Mothercare searches for a permanent chief executive. Calver will step down from his role at the end of the month after less than two years in the role.

Previously CEO of Shop Direct, Newton-Jones left in July last year after a decade with the group. Prior to this, he held a number of senior roles with high street and online retailer Next.

Of the appointment, he said: "I'm very much looking forward to working alongside Alan, the board and the executive team of Mothercare, and to help in the transformation of the UK business whilst we continue to grow the successful international division."

Turnaround efforts at Mothercare started to pay off towards the end of last year, after the UK retailer swung to its first half-year underlying profit since 2010/11.

However, earlier this year shares in the business slumped by nearly 30% after the retailer issued a profit warning on depressed Christmas trading.

Click here to read just-style's analysis of Calver's departure and Mothercare's turnaround efforts.