UK retailer Marks and Spencer today (3 July) named Alan Stewart, finance chief at aircraft leasing company AWAS, as its new chief finance officer.

Stewart will join M&S at the end of October, replacing Ian Dyson who is joining pub group Punch Taverns next month as chief executive.

M&S chief executive Marc Bolland praised Stewart, who is also a former finance chief at UK entertainment retailer WHSmith, for his "impressive track record" and "extensive experience of retail."