Marks & Spencer Reliance India has named Martin Jones as its new CEO.

Jones takes over from Mark Ashman, who had headed the joint venture between M&S and Reliance since it was set up in 2008.

He has 13 years' experience in the industry, having joined M&S in 1997 and worked in various roles within retail operations and buying and merchandising. 

Jones said: "India is a very exciting opportunity for Marks & Spencer and a market where the brand can continue to grow.

"I’m really looking forward to building on our presence, continuing to drive local sourcing. I’m thrilled to be here and I can’t wait to start working with the team."

The UK retailer plans to open 1m square feet of new retail space across India over the next five years as part of the JV, from 17 stores currently.