Customers at Pick n Pay in Carlton centre in Johannesburg. Photo: Leon Nicholas.

Retailer Pick n Pay announced on Tuesday that international retail professional Helmut Hoerz would join the company for a two-year assignment as head of merchandising.

He will sit on the Group Exco and report to CEO Nick Badminton.

Hoerz has more than 25 years' experience in managing sales, marketing, category management, operations, merchandising and expansion in all retail formats including wholesale distribution in organisations with considerable size and scope.

“Hoerz, who takes up his new position on January 19, will bring his international expertise into play in focusing largely on general merchandise while guiding Peter Arnold, who has been appointed food merchandise director, and who will be reporting to Hoerz,” Pick n Pay said.

Arnold will also sit on the Group Exco.

CEO Nick Badminton said that the company was delighted to have Hoerz on board, particularly given the company's focus on category management, a key component of its transformation programme.

“Helmut will be an exceptional asset to the team and we look forward to his joining us,” he added. - I-Net Bridge